Thursday, September 06, 2018

Will India Become Dumping Ground for Imported Drones?

Last month, the Indian government unveiled a policy and guidelines for remotely piloted aircraft, or drones, which will come into effect from 1 December 2018 with an aim to open up an array of opportunities in civil aviation sector in the country.
Unveiling the "Drone Regulations 1.0", civil aviation Minister, Suresh Prabhu said that these would help foster technology and innovation in the development of drones. Drones have an extensive range of applications ranging from disaster relief, aerial surveys and in agriculture to precision logistics. India's expertise in technology is characterised by its capacity to devise low-cost solutions, the minister had said.
However, till date this was not a smooth affair, especially for manufacturing drones in India.
One may debate about whether all the ‘regulations’ are practical, at least it addresses the first item above and opens up the consumer and industrial market.
 However, there is no information about the other items, namely, how will a company manufacture drones and what it would require to show for importing necessary components.
 These components are not available in India partly because the market was dead and there was no reason to manufacture anything for non-existent customers.
06/09/18 Srinath Mallikarjunan/Moneylife
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