Make India Asbestos Free

Make India Asbestos Free
For Asbestos Free India

Journal of Ban Asbestos Network of India (BANI). Asbestos Free India campaign of BANI is inspired by trade union movement and right to health campaign. BANI has been working since 2000. It works with peoples movements, doctors, researchers and activists besides trade unions, human rights, environmental, consumer and public health groups. BANI demands criminal liability for companies and medico-legal remedy for victims.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Production of Toxic Asbestos Products In Bhojpur, Bihar

Asbestos causes Cancer.There is no doubt about it. Wikipedia confirms the connection between Cancer and Asbestos. Knowing full well the huge environmental and human health impact of Asbestos, most governments in the developed world have banned the use of Asbestos in almost all sectors of the industry.

However, in India, the government seems to be taking a completely opposite view to the production and processing of this dangerous material. The Bihar government has approved the production of asbestos in Bhojpur, Champaran and Vaishali as per the news article here

Asbestos is not only dangerous to the workers working there, it is also dangerous to users who use the material in building work. So if there is asbestos in the building that you live in, then there is huge probability of you getting cancer from it.

Asbestos is banned in buildings in the US since the 1970s. Is is not high time that Asbestos gets banned in India too? How many people must be affected by cancer before the government bans it permanently?

If you are in India, please contact your local MP or MLA to demand that asbestos mining be stopped and the use of asbestos in building materials be permanently banned.

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