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Sandstone quarrying in India

The report describes the stone industry and how the export of sandstone from India to the Netherlands is substantial and growing. Behind the industry hides irresponsible working conditions, which is highlighted by the report.

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India Committee of the Netherlands

The India Committee of the Netherlands is behind this report and is the result of independent research on rock labor in the village Budhpura in Bundi district of India. The report provides information on the extraction of natural stones in India in general and in Rajasthan in terms of sand extraction in the village Budhpura. The Dutch town of Kampen is importing and using sandstone from Budhpura for renovations.

Rajasthan is the largest producer of dimensional stones in the country and accounts for approximately 90% of the country's total natural stone production. In the case of sandstone, Rajasthan contributes to about 10% of total production worldwide, and for more than 70% of the total production in India.

The report digs into the social, economic and environmental consequences this type of production is for local people. It distinguishes between those who benefit the most from those who have barely seen any benefits. It has created huge profits in this business, but those who do the hard work does not see this profit. Working conditions of workers is intolerable. Women are far from getting something equivalent to a minimum. Children are considered to be the most important resource of a nation, but they are often the most exploited in the population, this is true also for this area.


The Indian Committee in the Netherlands is together with the Dutch Committee for Nature and Environment looking to the natural stone sector. Engaging the Dutch industry for natural stone in dialogue and cooperation is attempted, in an effort to jointly confront and deal with social and environmental issues related to production and processing of natural stone.