The Prime Minister also said that approval, compliance, and entry-related procedures have been significantly reduced following the latest rules.
Under the new national drone policy, no security clearance is required before any registration or license issuance for drones. The requisite fees for permissions have also been reduced to nominal levels.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called the new Drone rules reported by the Ministry of Civil Aviation as being “based on the premise of trust and self-certification”.
- The Prime Minister also told that approval, compliance, and entry-related operations have been significantly reduced under the latest rules
- “The new Drone Rules usher in landmark importance for this sector in India.
The rules are based on the premise of trust and self-certification. Approvals, agreement requirements, and entry barriers have been significantly reduced,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted
Prime Minister also underscored the fact that these rules will help leverage India’s strengths in innovation, technology, and engineering to make India a drone hub.
Meanwhile, Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia also told news agency ANI that drone application will be ensured in sectors like transportation, logistics, defense, mining, infrastructure sectors, to name a few.
He added the government’s aim through these regulations is to make India a global drone hubby 2030, while also providing more jobs.
As per the current rules, some approvals have been done away with.
These include unique authorization number, unique prototype identification number, certificate of conformance, certificate of maintenance, operator permits, student remote pilot license, remote pilot instructor authorization, import permission for drone components, authorization of R&D organization, and drone port authorization.
- No safety clearance is required before registration or license issuance for operating drones. Fees for authorizations to operate drones have been reduced to nominal levels, as per these rules.
For instance, the fee for a remote pilot license fee has been revised from Rs 3,000 (large drone) to Rs 100 for all categories of drones and is valid for 10 years.
Besides this, drone corridors will also be developed to facilitate cargo deliveries.
The coverage of drones under the new rules has been raised from 300 kg to 500 kg to cover heavy payload-carrying drones and drone taxis.
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