Mobile alert: Government sets alarm bell ringing on phone hazards as all handsets in Delhi to come with radiation emission tags
Delhi government asks Centre to frame rules for mushrooming cell towers.
In a first, the Delhi government plans to make it mandatory for all mobile phones sold in the national Capital to prominently display the level of radiation emitted by different brands of handsets.
The radiation tag is intended to forewarn consumers about the health hazards posed by the various handsets.
The decision to introduce the stringent norm was taken at a meeting of experts from the state health department, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and World Health Organization (WHO) here on Wednesday.
The meeting, chaired by state health minister A.K. Walia, also decided to put certain restrictions on the mobile phone towers across Delhi and has asked the Centre to frame rules for the mushrooming towers.
‘We already have the central government’s detailed guidelines given by the inter-ministerial committee on electro-magnetic field (EMF) radiation.
Since it is a very big issue, we will discuss it with the Union health ministry and then draft Delhi specific guidelines within the next few weeks,” Walia said.
Health department officials said that the meeting was called after the government received several complaints against cell phone towers.
At present, the inter-ministerial committee on EMF radiation set the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) level for mobile handsets at less than 1.6 watt per kg over a six minute period and taken over a volume containing a mass of 1 gram of human tissue.
‘We will discuss the strict enforcement of the recently issued central government guidelines for specifying radiations emitted by each cell phone. The issue will be taken forward in tandem with the central government,’ Dr Walia said.
Sources said that Wednesday’s meeting was ‘just a start’ because there was still no clarity about the actual impact of such towers and instruments.
‘Experts have cited papers and studies that say that mobile tower radiations can cause cancer and other health problems. But there are counter reports also that rule out any connection between human health and cell phones,’ Walia said about the discussion in the meeting.
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