Gujarat LSA of the Department of Telecommunications organised Online Awareness Workshop on EMF Radiation.The Gujarat Licence Service Area (LSA) unit of Department of Telecommunications (DoT) organised an “Awareness Workshop on EMF Radiation” on 31 March 2021. The session was organised by DoT as part of its public advocacy
programme to dispel myths around EMF radiation and address unfounded fears of citizens by presenting credible scientific evidence.
An expert panel comprising of senior officers from the telecom department along with doctors, addressed concerns of citizens while also debunking myths and misinformation related to health hazards connected with radiation from mobile towers.
The workshop was attended by government officials, general public, residents’ welfare associations, students, doctors, telecom service providers, infrastructure providers and other officials. The eminent key speakers at the event were Shri Ajatshatru Somani, DDG (Compliance), Gujarat LSA, DoT, Shri D. P. Parihar, Sr. DDG Gujarat LSA, DoT,
and Dr. Vivek Tandon, Department of Neurosurgery, AIIMS.
Citizens need not worry about the adverse effect of mobile tower EMF radiation as they are been strictly monitored and evidence from credible sources have repeatedly ruled out the possibility of any impending health hazards emanating from EMF radiations.
Hence, the misconception with a section of population in Gujarat on the hazards of EMF emission is wrong and installation of towers should be allowed in their respective localities. There are checks and balances in place to ensure that the telecom service providers strictly adhere to the radiation norms set by the Government.
Moreover, the Government of India follows 10 times more stringent norms than what has been prescribed by ICNIRP and recommended by WHO. During Q&A session, the panellists responded that the mobile connectivity is the need of
the hour for all sections of society.
There is a need to realise the importance of mobile towers in order to maintain the standards of this very essential service; however, due to certain misconceptions and myths, installation of mobile towers is being opposed in some localities, which will result in poor telecom and internet connectivity in such areas.
The Government is fully committed to the proliferation of healthy and safe telecom infrastructure, which in turn would enhance the way we all live and work. It was clarified that the level of exposure near a cell phone tower is typically many times lower than the exposure from simply using a cell phone.
DoT and telecom operators are fully complaint and equipped to ensure the radiation norms and guidelines, which have
been specifically designed to safeguard the citizens to radiation exposure.