Saturday, July 04, 2020

Set up single window mechanism for drone flying clearances: Ficci

New Delhi: Industry body Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) has recommended to the Centre to set up a single window mechanism to obtain clearances and approvals for drone operations in the country.

Accordingly, Ficci said that such a mechanism will make it easier for applicants to obtain flying licenses and give a boost to the nascent sector.

In its recommendations on the draft Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Rules, 2020, Ficci has requested the Centre to give special consideration to certain applications owing to their non-urban or low altitude applications.

It exhorted the Centre to consider the extreme social value of drones in agricultural spraying and medical delivery.

"Due to the unprecedented scenario created by the COVID-19 pandemic, industry cannot afford the time and cost overruns due to delay in approvals," Ficci said.

"Ficci recommends setting up a single window mechanism to enable applicants to obtain clearances or approvals from ministries such as the Ministry of Home Affairs, WPC Department of Telecommunication etc. Without such a mechanism the application process could prove to be a cumbersome process.

As per the recommendations, the MoCA (Ministry of Civil Aviation) and DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) may consider setting up an appeals system for applicants through the single window mechanism.
04/07/20 Outlook
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