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Juhi seeks govt support to spread awareness about mobile radiation

News Helpline | October, 08 2013

Juhi Chawla met Chief Secretary Jayant Banthia on Monday, urging him for government support to spread awareness regarding the ill effects of radiation coming from mobile towers. The actor has been a prominent member of the movement against the mobile towers in the city for some time now. Speaking to TOI, Banthia said,"She wanted government support to raise awareness about radiation from mobile towers and phones. Many people sleep with their cell phones under their pillows and there are others who keep them in their shirt pockets. She wants the government to help her in creating awareness.''Activist Prakash Munshi, of NGO Indians for Safe Environments of Radiation from Mobile towers and Associated Hazards, also accompanied Chawla. They both urged Banthia to facilitate more debate on the issue at the government level.Banthia said the government will soon have a meeting wherein public debate will be held and officials from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and Dr Rajendra Badwe of Tata MemorialHospital will be invited to speak. Also, the state government will soon prepare a draft policy on cell phone towers, which will be published on the state urban development department's website.Urban development department's principal secretary Manukumar Srivastava and Environment department's principal secretary R A Rajeev were also present during the meeting.Meanwhile, sources in the state government said the state had commissioned the then additional chief secretary (health) Sharwaree Gokhale to draft a detailed report on ill-effects of cell phone towers and steps to be taken. Soon after her retirement, however, the government did not take much interest in the issue and the drive lost steam. Not only that, the report was damaged in a fire on June 21 last year.The urban development department, which was asked to make stringent rules regarding the towers, claimed there was no specific report to prove that radiation caused cancer and other diseases.


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