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76% of e-waste workers suffering from respiratory ailments: Assocham

Source: The Times of India, Date: , 2015

About 76% of e-waste workers in India are suffering from respiratory ailments like breathing difficulties, irritation, coughing, and choking. Most of these persons are engaged in various e-waste (electronic waste) activities. All recyclers and dismantlers are suffering from breathing problems such as asthma and bronchitis and have a detrimental effect on the respiratory, urinary and digestive systems, besides crippling immunity and causing cancer, according to a study on 'Electronic Waste Management in India,' conducted by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).The Centre has recently launched "Swachh Bharat Mission" or "Clean India Mission" which aims to mobilise masses and seeks to create a clean India, whereas there are 10 states that contribute to 70% of the total e-waste generated in the country, while 65 cities generate more than 60% of the total e-waste in India.

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