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The Nation

Published Date: Jan 8, 2013

Ban on harmful commodities

This
refers to news, ‘NA Body Decides to Recommend Ban on Asbestos,’ published
recently. We support the proposed recommendation, a complete ban on the import
and use of dangerous chemical ‘Asbestos’ in 22 industries of the country, to
safeguard the environment and the health of public in general and of workers in
particular.

However, it is important that
in consultation with the relevant asbestos based industries, an appropriate
time period should be worked out and allowed or exempted (with full health and
safety assurance of the workers) prior to the enforcement of the proposed ban
in letter and spirit, so that our industry adjusts itself to the change.

As we are aware, a legally
binding global treaty is also to be concluded next week in Geneva, on the
phasing of the ban on the use of another hazardous chemical, Mercury, and our
Government (a member of the international negotiating committee, INC) needs to
ensure an appropriate exemption period, prior to the implementation of this
multilateral environmental agreement (MEA) on Mercury’s use phase out, for our
industry to adjust to the forthcoming change.

After all, whereas on one
hand, we very keenly desire and fully accept the need for our industry to turn
into ‘Green Industry,’ we also must ensure that further development and
progress of our economy is not affected.