Govt to conduct study on mobile users
Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss says, "we plan to conduct a long term study to find out the negative effects of mobile and the mobile towers on the users."india Updated: Oct 05, 2007 16:51 IST
Concerned over excessive use of mobile phones by youngsters, government plans to conduct a study to find out its negative effects on health.
"We plan to conduct a long term study to find out the negative effects of mobile and the mobile towers on the users," Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said on Friday.
He said he has asked the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to conduct the study.
"Mobile phones are being used by young kids. They often complain of headaches," he said.
He said it is a long-term study which will take at least 10 years to come out with its findings.
The minister also said they are planning to come out with health guidelines for people working in the BPOs and IT companies.
"It is our flagship industry and there is a fear that people will burn out soon if something soon is not done," he added.
"Young kids in these industries are dying at an age of 24 years of heart attack and diabetes," he said. "We along with IT Minister D Raja are working out a white paper that will come out with guidelines which is one way of saving these flagship industry," he said.
Ramadoss said the comprehensive guidelines will also deal with tobacco, alcohol and skin problems faced by the employees. "Most of these problems are easy to be solved," he added
First Published: Oct 05, 2007 16:41 IST