Public health and safety is an exceptionally important subject and the government will ensure that electro-magnetic radiation from mobile phones and towers across the country is within prescribed limits, minister of communications and information technology Kapil Sibal said today.
Science and technology offer new hazards and solutions that throw up a constant conflict between two public interests. But human health is fundamental and should be placed two steps ahead of scientific solutions,“ he said at an international conference organized by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham).
Sibal said the government had recently set up an inter-ministerial committee which concluded that emissions from base transceiver stations (BTSs) are one-hundredth of prescribed limits, and hence safe for human beings. “We will soon be conducting online checks on BTS stations to ensure that there is no danger emitting from BTS towers.“
Dr Vijaylaxmi, professor at the department of radiation oncology at University of Texas Health Science Center, said there is no scientific evidence worldwide to prove that electromagnetic radio frequency signals emitted by mobile phones and towers cause brain cancer and tumor.
T.V. Ramachandran, chairman of Assocham committee on communications convergence, said the explosive growth of telephony in India has led to 900 million subscribers and five lakh cell phone towers.
The industry believes in an effective system on health information and communication designed in consensus by scientists, government, industry and public to raise the level of general understanding about the mobile communications industry, and reduce any mistrust and perceived fears, he said.
B.K. Rao, chairman of Assocham committee on health and hospitals, said mobile phones are equipment of toy`s needs and the medical community has not yet documented any major risks on human health.
Assocham secretary general D.S. Rawat said various studies show that electro-magnetic fields produced from mobile handsets and BTS are found at a relatively low end of spectrum and are non-ionising radiation that is the energy carried by them are unable to break chemical bonds in molecules.
Paolo Vecchia, chairman of the International Commission for Non-Ionising Radiation Protection, and C.K. Chou, chairman of the US-based Institute of Electricals and Electronics Engineers, called for harmonization and evolving a common framework of standards to be followed globally.
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