Gujarat Government Announces Drone Promotion and Usage Policy’ It aims to create employment

The drone policy of the government is designed to create 255,000 direct and indirect job opportunities as well as attract investment into the drone service ecosystem.

The Gujarat government announced on Wednesday the new policy that will allow the state’s departments and organizations to encourage Drones’ use in services and operations to the beneficiaries. The government hopes to create 25,000 new employment opportunities and draw investors. The Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel announced his Drone promotion and usage policy at a ceremony in the capital city of the state Gandhinagar.

The policy seeks to build an vibrant drone ecosystem that includes manufacturing and innovating through the promotion drones to deliver services and to make a variety of public services more efficient, popular efficient, and speedier through the use of cutting-edge technologies, stated a government announcement.

It also plans to create 25,000 indirect and direct jobs and also attract investments in the development, operation and maintenance of the drone service ecosystems within the state, the statement said.

The policy is valid for five years, this policy will permit state government department to serve as a catalytic role in promoting commercial drones (remotely controlled drones that are not piloted).

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In accordance with the policy within six months different state government departments and public sectors undertakings (PSUs) boards and other organizations will develop plans and programs to encourage the drones’ use in their respective fields.

In order to implement it an empowered monitoring committee comprised of eight senior secretaries will be established under the chairmanship of the Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department. This committee is expected to meet on a regular basis and will monitor initiatives undertaken by different departments and PSUs to promote drones and use.

Private and public investment in areas like research and development-innovation-manufacturing-testing-training and safety regulation will be encouraged for widespread use of drones in the state through innovative methods, the release stated.

According to the policy, departments that are users will give preference to start-ups, Make In India companies and MSMEs (micro small and medium enterprises) according to the procurement rules that are set by the Government of Gujarat.

It will also encourage the the establishment of an infrastructure for training to increase the availability of skilled workforce in the state. It will also provide incentives to entrepreneurs and other drone manufacturing companies.

The policy also seeks to reduce risks and address the safety requirements by defining the prohibited (no-fly zone) areas, as well as restricted and open areas through the use by drone traffic police officers, the statement said.

The drone use that is proposed by different departments has been mentioned in the policies. For instance the department of home will utilize drones for crowd management in order to maintain vigilance at critical installations, VVIP, coastal and border security, as well as disaster and security, in addition to other areas.

The department for agriculture will use it to spray pesticides fertilisers, sowing seeds and assessing soil quality. For the mining and industry department, it is to monitor mining areas , leases for mineral blocks and leases.

For the department of health and family welfare drones will be used to transport blood and medical supplies and for the forest department drones controlled remotely will be used to conduct lion censuses and the tracking of wildlife in addition to other things.

A few departments have already begun using drones.

They were used extensively to ensure vigilance during this recent Rath Yatra by the home department. The department of mines and industries has launched drones called”Trinetra to monitor mining that is illegal.

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