Wednesday, January 22, 2020

By flying drones ‘illegally’, UP, Delhi & Punjab police are breaking the law to enforce law

New Delhi: Police in Delhi, Maharashtra, Punjab, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh have been flying drones for surveillance allegedly without permission from the Ministry of Civil Aviation’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), ThePrint has learnt.

Police in some states have even been flying drones made by a Chinese company called DJI, which do not comply with the DGCA requirements, claimed some drone-makers.
Drones were spotted at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University campus after the 5 January campus violence.

On 13 January, the ministry announced that drone owners/operators have to register their drones by 31 January so that the government can know how many and what kind of drones are being operated in the country. The ministry also said that those who fail to register will face action under the Indian Penal Code and Aircraft Act.

Under the DGCA’s Civil Aviation Requirements that came into effect from December 2018, all drone operators/makers need to obtain a Unique Identification Number (UIN) and a permit — known as the Unmanned Aircraft Operator Permit — to fly drones.

Ministry officials said that permits to operate drones can be taken on a portal called ‘Digital Sky’.

Only some agencies such as the National Technical Research Organisation, Aviation Research Centre and central intelligence agencies are not required to take permission to fly drones, a DGCA official, who did not wish to be named, told ThePrint in an email response.
22/01/20 Regina Mihindukulasuriya/Print
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