Friday, January 15, 2021

India keen to support drone startups for diverse applications: Hardeep Puri

New Delhi: The government is keen to support drone startups as the technology can be used widely for delivering medicines, supplies during disaster management, and real-time monitoring of projects, said Minster of State for Commerce and Industry Hardeep Singh Puri.

India has about 130 startups in the domain of drones, and this is another area where the government is keen to support startups as drones are not only used for surveillance but also for delivering of supplies during disaster management, delivery of medicines, Puri said at the Startup India International Summit.

Drones are being used to monitor projects on a real time basis and provide precise real time information on a host of activities, he said.

“I’m confident that progress we are making in area of drones and applied technology is positioning India to be not only a regional but a global leader,” Puri said.

Both drones, and the technology that Indian startups are developing would ensure they perform mandated functions without any concerns on security, Puri said.

India is one of the few countries to have introduced drone regulations. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation, in 2018, had issued Civil Aviation Requirements that only permit drone operations during daytime, and remotely piloted aircraft need to have a Unique Identification Number, and operators are mandated to get Unmanned Aircraft Operator Permit.

Puri also said India is positioned as the third largest startup ecosystem with a strong competency of exhilarating to the top.

15/01/21 Nikunj Ohri/Business Standard

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