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Cell phones to come with radiation tag in Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 20 (): Mobile phone radiation problem which concerned over possible health issues is being taken seriously. The Delhi government has decided to make it mandatory for cell phone manufacturers to display the level of radiation emitted by the devices.

In a meeting attended by experts from the health department, the Indian Council of Medical Research, the World Health organization and the Jawaharlal Nehru University, the decision to implement this new plan was taken. The meeting asked the Centre to help frame stringent rules for radiation being emitted from mushrooming cell phone towers throughout the capital.

There have been a large number of complaints from residents about emission of radiation from mushrooming cell phone towers in Delhi, with each locality having more than 5 or 7 such 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  specific guidelines within the next few weeks,” Delhi’s health minister AK Walia said.

The panel recommends display of SAR level on handsets, SAR level for handsets to be limited to 1.6 watt/kg average over a 6-minute period and list of SAR values for handsets to be uploaded on the DOT/TEC website.

Guidelines are being meted out on what will be included in the new reforms that the Delhi government plans to undertake.

In any way, this is definitely a good step towards people’s safety and it would be nice to see the other state governments joining hands to have a universal plan to tackle the mobile phone radiation problem.

Experts say India’s hot tropical climate, low body mass index of Indians as compared to Europeans and high concentration of radio frequency radiation may place Indians under a higher risk.

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