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Awareness Webinar on EMF Radiation organized by Dept. of Telecommunications, West Bengal LSA

News Desk, News Nation 360: The West Bengal unit of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) organized an Awareness Webinar on EMF Radiation. This session was organized as a part of DoT’s public advocacy programme to dispel unfounded myths and misconceptions around Electromagnetic Frequency (EMF) Radiation and make the general public aware of the need for cellular towers for seamless connectivity. The workshop was attended by more than 100 participants including government officials, the general public, residents’ welfare associations, college faculty & students, doctors, telecom service providers, infrastructure providers and other officials. Pabitra Sarkar, DDG – Compliance, DoT West Bengal LSA, R K Sharma, LSA Head, DoT West Bengal LSA, Mihir Kumbhakar, Director – Compliance, DoT West Bengal LSA and Dr Arun Chougule, Dean, Faculty of Paramedical Sciences, RUHS Head, Department of Radiological Physics & Radiation Safety Officer were the eminent key speakers at the event. R K Sharma, LSA Head, DoT West Bengal LSA mentioned that the truth is that there is no impact of EMF radiations on human health whatsoever. Their extensive research has time and again ruled out every possibility of any severe health hazard from EMF signals. It is important to understand that the installation of mobile towers is vital to meet the rising demand for strong network connectivity. They reassure their citizens that EMF radiations are completely harmless. Mihir Kumbhakar, Director – Compliance stated that DoT monitors EMF emission levels from towers across India. With the help of its field units, it also ensures compliance with emission norms. LSA also conducts regular on-site audits and tests the power of available EMF signals at different possible locations nears the site. All fear around mobile towers and EMF radiations lack any foundation. Lt. Gen. Dr S.P. Kochhar, Director General, COAI. stated that the telecom industry is committed to providing world-class high-speed connectivity to the customers. They appreciate West Bengal LSA, Department of Telecommunication, Govt. of India for organising this EMF Advocacy Webinar. However, the prevailing myths regarding EMF Emission from Telecom Towers is quite prohibitive and resulting in the delayed roll-out of required infrastructure across the region thus creating connectivity issues. This webinar was aimed to dispel these prevailing myths. There is a fundamental misunderstanding that mobile towers generate radiations that are injurious to public health. Dr Arun Chougule, Dean, Faculty of Paramedical Sciences, expressed that the radiation emitted by cell towers is exceedingly low powered and non-ionising that cannot affect humans in any way. No scientific or medical evidence backs the argument used against cellular towers. There is no need for people to be frightened of mobile towers in their area. 

Report : Anustup Kundu