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SC notices on safety measures for silicon workers in Haryana

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, Mar 27 (UNI) The Supreme Court today issued notices to the Centre and the state of Haryana on a petition seeking proper safety measures for workers working in silicon industry at Palli in Haryana.

A bench comprising chief justice Y.K. Sabharwal, Mr. Justice C.K.

Thakker and Mr. Justice R.V. Raveendran issued notices on a PIL filed by People's Rights and Social Res. Centre alleging that thousands of workers were falling victim to the killer silicosis.

The disease is progressive fatal disease and is detected after ten long years, the PIL said.

Aparna Bhatt,counsel for the petitioner, told the court that the industries were shifted from Lal Kuan in Delhi in 1992 to Palli. The workers are told to cover their faces with cloth but silicon gets clogged in the body. She also referred to expert study reports which said that millions of workers had died due to Silicosis around the world.

UNI AKS/SC RP HT1708

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