Coming Soon: The Indian Government’s Drone Policy

The Indian Government is currently in the process of developing an interim operations guideline for civil use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for civil applications.
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Use of drones/UAV/UAS for civil purposes was banned by the DGCA late last year, following a public notice dated October 7, 2014.
Minister of civil aviation Mahesh Sharma addressed the Lok Sabha during the question hour, saying that the DGCA was in the process of developing a policy for the use of drones.
The ban was attributed to the lack of standards and recommended practices that meant drones posed as a threat for aerial collisions.
“UAS has potential for large number of civil applications. However, its use besides being a safety issue, also poses security threat,” the DGCA said, in its October 7 notice.
While the government is in the process of drafting the guidelines for drone use by civilians in India, no specific timeline regarding this has been mentioned.
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