New Delhi: In order to highlight the side effects of using mobile phones, the Central government is mulling to make it mandatory for mobile manufacturers to give a statuary warning of levels of radiation on the back of cell phones as done in case of cigarette packets.

The Union government is thinking to implement the recent recommendations made by the Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG) in this regard. The Inter-Ministerial Group was constituted to study the radiation of cell phones and mobile towers and to give recommendations to avoid it.

Minister of State for Communications and IT, Sachin Pilot said, “In line with the success of communication revolution, we also need to keep a tab on the radiation factor as well. He assured that until the implementation of final directions, the international standards of health will be taken care of.”

The ministerial group has advised to further lower down the existing standards of radiation. This implies that cell phones sold in India will be safer as per their composition.

One of the significant recommendations is that every mobile phone must publish the level of radiation emitted by it so that the customers are aware of it.

The radiation norms in context to mobile towers have been made stricter by ten times. All companies will have to follow the WHO standards while installing them, not adhering to which would invite a cash fine to the tune of Rs 5 lakh. 

JPN/Bureau