Saturday, November 27, 2021

Gujarat Drone Mahotsav held in Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad: At the launch of the Gujarat Drone Mahotsav held at the University ground in Ahmedabad on Friday, as small drones camouflaged with doves in the sky, Amber Dubey, joint secretary at the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) stressed on how the liberalised drone policy now will pave the way for creating “intellectual property” in this domain.

“In today’s world, the one who has IP (intellectual property) is the one who is powerful… The liberalised drone rules came on August 25 and within three weeks the Cabinet approved the production linked incentives, that too amid COVID19 when we are pressed for money… This process otherwise takes eight-nine months. But identifying the importance of drones, there is support from the Prime Minister and the Cabinet.. The government is giving 20 percent cashback (on the cost incurred for manufacturing drones)… We are standing with our cheque books. Say if you sold a drone at a cost of Rs 100, with manufacturing cost at Rs 40, you added a value of Rs 60. 20 percent of this value addition you will get as cashback,” said Dubey.

According to Dubey, India last year saw a turnover of Rs 60 crore from this sector. MoCA is organising drone awareness programs in various states of India in a bid to create awareness among drone-based end users such as farmers, students, academia, start-ups, government and private organisations and the Drone Mahotsav held in Gujarat was poised not only as a precursor event to the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat scheduled for January 2022 but is also a means to attract investment through this sector at the Dholera Industrial City Development Project.

27/11/21 Sohini Ghosh/Indian Express

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