New handsets to carry radiation emission tags

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Mobile phones sold in India will start displaying the level of radiation from September 1, 2012 as the government has made it mandatory for handsets to disclose such tags.

Earlier, concerned over possible health issues, a committee comprising officials from Delhi`s health department, experts from WHO, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Jawaharlal Nehru University had come up with a stringent guideline.

It had set the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) level for mobile handsets in Delhi and NCR at less than 1.6 watt per kg for six minute and taken over a volume containing a mass of one gram of human tissue.

This SAR level has been taken as the standard across the country and the government has advised mobile companies to give directions in the manual booklet as well.

The tag is intended to forewarn consumers about the health hazards posed by handsets.