|The towers put up by mobile phone operators do not affect the health of the people in nearby areas. Guidelines by International Commission on Non-ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) has been adopted by Telecommunications Engineering Centre (TEC) of DOT regarding basic restriction and response levels for limiting Electro Magnetic Field exposures. Epidemiological studies on exposed workers and the general public have shown no major health effects associated with typical exposure environments (very near to Towers).
Government has also inserted a clause in the Service Licence Agreement stating “Licensee shall conduct audit and provide self certificates annually as per procedure prescribed by Telecommunications engineering Centre (TEC)/ or any other agency authorized by Licensor from time to time for conforming to limits/ levels for antennae (Base Station emissions) or general public exposure as prescribed by International Commission on Non- lionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) from time to time.
This reply was given by Shri Gurudas Kamat, Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology in Rajya Sabha