The notices were issued after T.J. Mathai from Kottayam in Kerala moved NHRC, complaining the amount of radiation being emitted is hazardous to health. The ministries have been given two weeks time to respond.
The complainant raised several issues and illegalities around mobile phone towers in residential areas. He claimed the towers were emitting radiation beyond permissible limits, especially after the introduction of 3G and 4G services.
Globally, while some scientists believe mobile phone radiation is linked to chronic diseases like cancer, others claim there is no conclusive proof for the same.
An NHRC will take further step after the ministries submit their reports. As there is a provision of fine by the government for violating rules of radiation, the Commission believes that the ministries should have details of all cell towers in the country and should be able to furnish within the given time.