Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)


- Press Trust of India

Industry body Cellular Operators’ Associatio­n of India (COAI) has said that any concern around adverse impact of 5G on health is “totally misplaced”, and all evidence available supports that the next-generation technology is safe. The COAI asserted that 5G would prove to be a “game changer” and lead to “exponentia­l increase in benefits” for the economy and society.

The associatio­n—which represents large telcos like Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea—argued that India already has strict norms in place and prescribed standards for electromag­netic radiation limit in telecom sector is far more stringent than global-accepted standards.

“Radiation permitted in India is one-tenth of what is accepted globally so already our systems have taken this into account...any notion or concern about radiation and impact are misplaced. These are fallacious fears and this always happens whenever a new technology is introduced,” S P Kochhar, Director General, COAI told PTI.

The Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed actress Juhi Chawla’s lawsuit challengin­g the setting up of 5G wireless networks in the country and slapped a fine of ₹20 lakh on her and co-petitioner­s by describing the plea as “defective”, “abuse of process of law” and filed for “gaining publicity”. COAI’S Kochhar welcomed the court’s decision and said “it puts to rest motivated rumour mongering that was doing the rounds” and would set the pace for others to “desist from such misadventu­res”. It may be recalled that last month, the industry associatio­n had slammed false informatio­n and rumours linking 5G technology with the spread of Covid-19 and had dismissed the unsubstant­iated and unverified claims in this regard.

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