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Asbestos Use in India

Quebec Premier Jean Charest and 130 provincial leaders arrived in Mumbai, India’s business capital on Sunday to participate in a trade mission in order to solidify economic relations in the region.

His visit was met with protest. Sanjay Singhvi, secretary-general of the Trade Union Center of India, led a protest with union members affected by asbestos-related diseases, while Charest was in Mumbai. Singhvi spoke out against the asbestos industry, blaming it for sickening Indian workers. At least 20 percent of workers in India are exposed to asbestos on a regular basis.

The Canadian Asbestos Lobby claims chrysotile asbestos can be used safely as long as strict precautions are followed. The Indian asbestos industry also claims that the country’s factories have safety protocols in place to protect workers. Here are some photos of India’s asbestos industry. What do you think?

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