mobile-tower-2Taking a serious view of cell-phone tower-induced radiation causing malignant tumours in users, the government said it was waiting for the outcome of a study being conducted by Indian Council of Medical Research and other medical bodies to examine the linkage. India has accepted the recommendations of the International Commission on Non-Iodised Radiation Protection and directed all telecom operators to conform to global norms, the center has said. It has told all operators to self-certify their adherence to the international standards accepted by WHO by November 15. The department has been doing random checking of mobile towers around the country. Of the four lakh towers, about 10% are targeted for scrutiny. If a tower is found to be radiating above the acceptable level, a penalty of Rs 5 lakh is slapped on the operator. It may be noted that a study about malignant tumours being caused by radiation from mobile towers and said children were particularly vulnerable to its effect. Claiming that mobile telephony was the fastest growing sector in the country, there is a need for the government to examine the linkage between radiation and cancer. Sources say the Center knows that private operators preferred profit-making routes and ignored the far-off areas. Bureau report – NMTV News.

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