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Centre unveils drone policy

Centre unveils drone policy
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Union Minister for Civil Aviation P Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Wednesday announced a number of regulations for usage of drones in the country as it looks...

New Delhi: Union Minister for Civil Aviation P Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Wednesday announced a number of regulations for usage of drones in the country as it looks to legalise the use of unmanned aerial systems. Used by the military for monitoring and imagery, drones have become popular worldwide in recent years, with people posting breath-taking videos on social media and e-commerce companies looking to use them for deliveries.

In India, however, it is illegal for the general public to fly drones without the approval of government authorities, because of concern over the safety of other users of airspace and people on the ground.

Users of drones weighing more than two kilograms will need a security clearance, operating permit, unique identification number and a remote pilot licence, according to the draft regulations. Drones have several commercial uses, such as in agriculture and mining, said Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha, adding that the policies were expected to encourage the drone industry.

The ministry has asked for public comments within 30 days, after which the regulations will be finalised. The policy is expected to come out by the end of the year. The use of drones would be banned within a certain distance from air

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