India sets in place stringent EMF standards to reduce mobile radiations
Indian Government has put in stringent norms to cut the mobile tower radiations all over the country. The Government’s new norms for mobile towers come into effect from today and these are as per the recommendations of the Inter-Ministerial Committee consisting of the Department of Telecom, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Department of Biotechnology, and Indian Council of Medical Research.
There were various studies by different departments of the Govt on the effects of the radiation on the public health, its effect on the birds and the general environment and these new norms are as a result of the recommendations of these studies.
This new regulation that comes into effect from today has put India in the list of a few countries who has stringent Electro Magnetic Field Radiation Standards. Standards put by India are about 10 times more stringent than many countries in the world.The EMF exposure limit for Base Station Emissions has been lowered to one tenth of their existing levels.
Telecom Enforcement Resource and Monitoring agency is entrusted with the job of conducting random audits to make sure that the base station emission levels are in compliance with the Law. Violators will have to pay a penalty amount of Rs 5 lakh.
There are also new regulations for mobile phone makers. All new handsets has to display the exposure limit (SAR) and all new handsets has to have the hands free mode. Indian Govt’s new norm for SAR is 1.6 W/KG over 1 GM of Human Tissue. All handsets to be sold in India has to have the SAR value mentioned in the package as well. This is a welcome change as many Indian origin mobile handset makers were not displaying the SAR value even in the specifications listed in their websites. The mobile handset makers were given a time frame of 1 year to comply with the new norms.