Organization (WHO) in its Fact Sheet No. 304, May 2006 on
Electromagnetic Fields and Public Health (Base Stations and Wireless
Technologies) has concluded that “considering the very low exposure
levels and research results collected to date, there is no convincing
scientific evidence that the weak RF Signals from base stations and
wireless networks caused adverse health effects. From all evidence
accumulated so far, no adverse short or long term health effects have
been shown to occur from the RF Signals produced by based stations.
WHO has recommended that ‘National authorities should adopt
international standards to protect their citizens against adverse levels
of RF fields. They should restrict access to areas where exposure limits
may be exceeded.’ WHO has referred to the International Exposure
Guidelines developed by International Commission on Non-Ionizing
Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).
Department of Telecommunications (DoT), in the year 2008, adopted the
Electro-magnetic Fields (EMF) norms prescribed by ICNIRP in respect of
Further, based on the recommendations of the Inter-Ministerial
Committee, the Base Transmitting Station (BTS) radiation limits have
been reduced to 1/10th of the limits prescribed by ICNIRP with effect
from 01.09.2012. The Telecom Enforcement, Resource & Monitoring (TERM)
Cells of DoT test upto 10 % of BTS sites randomly. Additionally, the BTS
sites against which there are public complaints are also tested by TERM
This information was given by Shri Milind Deora, Minister of State for
C&IT in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.