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DoT organises knowledge sharing workshop to bust myths around EMF radiations

May 21, 2019
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In an initiative to dispel myths about electromagnetic field (EMF) emissions from telecom towers, a knowledge sharing workshop was organised by medical experts and dignitaries from the Telecom Enforcement Resource and Monitoring (TERM) Cell Delhi LSA of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and Health Ministry (Government of India) in Gurugram.

An expert panel comprising telecom officers and physicians highlighted the scientific and technical facts clarifying various myths on perceived health hazards from mobile tower radiation.

Speaking on the occasion, Kamal Deo Tripathi, Assistant Director General (Compliance), TERM Cell (Delhi), DoT said, “I would like to congratulate the DoT for conducting the EMF awareness program as well as connecting with the public to spread the need of developing deeper understanding based on scientific evidence on the EMF matter. The civic body is aimed to drive economic growth and improve the quality of life of people in Gurugram by promoting technology that can lay the foundation for smart Gurugram." He stressed upon the need for installation of the required number of towers in various localities for best wireless connectivity and Quality of Service (QoS). "Every year 10 per cent of the towers are audited by the TERM cell in Delhi physically and none of the towers have been found non-compliant. One of the key findings of International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) also states that EMF radiation which is below the permissible threshold is not harmful to health. ICNIRP is constantly working to ensure the validity of safe EMF threshold guidelines,” he said.

Delivering the technical address, Dr. TK Joshi, Advisor to Health Ministry, Government of India, said, “People should believe scientific evidence and not merely go by social media. It is important to have more towers to ensure smooth provisioning of the telecom infrastructure in the vicinity.” He mentioned that more than 25,000 studies in 36 different countries have been conducted by WHO and various other agencies, which have concluded that there is no effect of mobile radiation to human health, and no correlation with cancer. He also stressed on the fact that non-ionised radiation has no effect on human health in any way and that this has been proved in various scientific studies too. He referred to the report released by WHO that has recommended the implementation of international safety status. “I would also like to assert that public perception that headache, depression, anxiety and fatigue are caused by exposure to low-scale EMF is completely inaccurate, as scientific evidence does not show any relation with those symptoms,” he said.

The event concluded with a question-answer session by the residents from the locality which were answered by the subject matter experts of various departments.

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