Stricter radiation norms soon for mobile handsets

June 5th, 2011 - 9:36 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 5 (IANS) Concerned by the latest World Health Organisations (WHO) study linking mobile phone usage with brain tumours, Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology Sachin Pilot has said that the government will come out with stricter norms for mobile handsets and towers.

“While telecom is a huge success story in India, any possible health related effects of radiation emitted by mobile phones and towers are to be reflected and ensured in the guidelines. The final guidelines would take into account the best global benchmarks and scientific evidence on the subject,” Pilot said in a statement.

The department of telecom (DoT) had set up an inter ministerial group in August 2010 to evaluate the evidence, revisit radiation guidelines for mobile towers and adopt guidelines for radiation by cell phones.

The group, which consists of experts from DoT, ministry of health, department of biotechnology, ministry of environment and forests and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), has proposed stricter norms for both mobile handsets and towers.

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