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Government of India
Ministry of Communications
10-December-2010 17:17 IST
Recommendations of International Commission

                All the mobile telephone service providers are required to conform to the limits of radiation as prescribed by International Commission on Non Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) as per the Access Service license amendment dated 4.11.2008. Latest detailed instructions, issued by Department of Telecommunications (DoT) vide letter dated 8.4.2010, mandates that all Base Station Transceivers (BTSs) should be self certified by the telecom service providers as meeting the radiation norms by 15.11.2010.

                Accordingly, self certifications have been submitted by the telecom service providers for more than 3,80,000 BTS that the radiation level are within the ICNIRP prescribed limits. Telecom Enforcement Resource & Monitoring (TERM) Cells of DOT have started verification of radiation level of the BTS and all the BTSs checked so far have been found to be conforming to ICNIRP norms.

A committee, setup in 2006 under the Director General, Indian council of Medical Research (ICMR) to study the effects of radiations from mobile phone towers and related aspects, concluded that “overall there is not enough evidence to show direct health hazards of Radio Frequency exposure from mobile Base Stations”. ICMR has further initiated a study in the year 2010 to examine the effects of Radio Frequency Radiation on human health.

                Various studies have also been conducted by World Health Organization (WHO) and ICNIRP. Fact Sheet No. 193 of 2010 of WHO states that “A large number of studies have been performed over the last two decades to assess whether mobile phone pose a potential health risk. To date, no adverse health effects have been established for mobile phone use”.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology, Shri Sachin Pilot in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today. 

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