Rs 10 Crore granted to study the impact of mobile radiation on health
The effects of mobile radiation on the health of human beings, animals and plants are a matter of concern. Following a 2011 inter-ministerial committee's directive, the government is going for an evaluation of the health aspects of the mobile radiation in a major way. The ICMR is currently undergoing the process to conduct a cohort study as per the recommendations of the Inter-ministerial committee of 2011, with a target group of 4500 people in Delhi while a similar study is being carried out in Mumbai independently by the Tata Memorial Centre.
The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, has allocated Rs 9.8 crore to 16 institutes for studying the impact of radiation emitted from mobile towers on human and animal health. As per information obtained under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the studies would be conducted for a duration ranging between 20 and 36 months by various institutes All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (New Delhi), National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS - Bangalore), IIT Kharagpur, Agharkar Research Institute (Pune), Amity University (Noida), IIT Madras, IITM Gwalior, AIIMS (Rishikesh) and Punjab University. The key areas on which the studies would focus are the impact of EMF-related issues on dosimetry, brain-related effects, biochemical studies, reproduction pattern, comparison of animal and human models, plant system, remedial measures, etc.
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