Innovation and invention have been a key source of development and growth in the country. In order to prepare a roadmap for implementing the drone technology in the country, the government announced to set up three committees to help a task force that was set up in April.
The committee has been set up to make recommendations on the manufacturing and licensing of drones, airspace and air traffic management and policy and law related issues. The 13 member committee will have a complete framework of how the drone technology will be set up and will help by giving preference to Make in India.
The Civil Aviation Ministry in a tweet said that the team is working towards making UAVs (drones) a sustainable, globally-competitive industry based in India. A strategic roadmap for India to emerge as a large drone player is being put in place.
The committee is expected to submit its report on the unmanned aerial vehicle technology in six months, focusing on research and development of drones, acquisition, and commercialization, preparing a regulatory framework.
The decision was taken during the first meeting of the drone task force chaired by Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha. Members of the task force such as Civil Aviation Secretary R N Choubey, Director General of Civil Aviation B S Bhullar, Airports Authority of India Chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra attended the meeting.
At present, aircraft rules do not cover the use of drones, their sale, and purchase. Aviation regulator DGCA had restricted use of drones and unmanned aircraft system by civilians in October 2014.