Awareness seminar on electromagnetic radiations from mobile towers held
IMPHAL, Oct 13
An awareness seminar titled ‘Awareness on Electromagnetic Radiations from Mobile Towers & Telecom Analytics for Fraud Management and Consumer Protection (TAFCOP)’ in the state of Manipur was held today.
The seminar was organised by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT, Manipur License Service Area (LSA) as a part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav with the aim of raising awareness on the need for mobile towers and disprove theories surrounding the harmful radiation from mobile towers in order to address unfounded fears of citizens by presenting credible scientific evidence.
An expert panel composed of senior officers from the Telecom department, along with a medical expert, discussed the concerns put forth by citizens while also disproving myths and misinformation related to health hazards related to the radiation from mobile towers.
The seminar was inaugurated by RS Murmu, GM BSNL Manipur SSA in the presence of various representatives from different organisations.
As part of his presentation on EMF radiation, K Sri Krishna, DDG Mizoram discussed the need of mobile phones in our lives and development of the country. He gave the overview of low-level Electromagnetic field emanation from mobile towers.
He continued the presentation and said, “The EMF radiation is a RF/Electromagnetic energy emitted from mobile tower antennas and mobile handset are non-ionizing having very low energy.
Based on scientific evidence, studies and reports available, it is found that there is no conclusive evidence of the stated danger of EMF radiation from mobile towers.”
Further, the EMF emissions from a mobile tower, which are below the safe limits prescribed by International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and recommended by World Health Organisation (WHO), have no convincing scientific evidence of causing adverse health effects.
Dr Arun Chougule, Senior Professor & Head of the Department of Radiological Physics, SMS Medical College & Hospitals, Jaipur shared his perspective and cleared misconceptions associated with mobile tower radiations.
He said, “Extensive scientific research on the subject has been unable to find a connection between mobile tower radiation and human health.” There is no scientific or medical evidence available to corroborate the argument used against mobile towers.
He added that exceedingly low powered non-ionizing radiations are emitted from cell towers that have no adverse health impact on human life or animal life, whatsoever. Following investigations, the WHO has concluded that there is no risk to human health from mobile tower radiation.
The seminar stressed on the importance for citizens to understand that mobile tower EMF radiations are being strictly monitored and evidence from credible sources have ruled out the possibility of any impending health issues emanating from EMF radiations.