A committee, formed by the Indian government to examine effect of radiation from mobile phones (that is Specific Absorption Rate or SAR), could not find any correlation between radio frequency radiation and human health.
This was revealed by the Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology, Sachin Pilot in Parliament on Wednesday.
Telecom Commission has decided to adopt International Commission on Non-ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) guidelines for mobile phones which impose restrictions in terms of SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) value.
The Indian manufacturers have been asked to adhere to these guidelines and provide self certificates as well. The radiation levels should be clearly indicated on the product itself so that the users are aware of the potential danger.
Currently, maximum permissible SAR value as per the Indian guidelines is 2 Watt per kg (of user’s body mass), and the committee recommends that this be lowered to 1.6 Watt per kg.