Government working on making India a leading country in drone technology”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged the country’s youth to come forward and take advantage of the opportunities created by the new Drone policy.

Addressing the 82nd edition of his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat, Modi also announced India’s aspiration of becoming leading country in drone technology and asserted that government is taking steps to realise this dream.

“ After the introduction of the new drone policy on August 25, many foreign and domestic investors have invested in drone startups. Many companies are setting up manufacturing units.Army, navy and air force has given orders of more than ₹ 500 crore to Indian drone companies, And this is just the beggining and we don’t have to stop here”, Modi said.

Modi also said that the new drone policy has ensured that the hassle of filling several forms is not there and also the earlier requirement to make payment has been done away with in the new regime.

Modinoted that drones — which are being used in delivery of Covid-19 vaccines —will be deployed for several needs including transportation, delivery of goods at home or assistance during emergencies or monitoring law and order.

“A few days ago, nano urea was sprayed in the agricultural fields using drones at Bhavnagar area in Gujarat. Drones are playing their part in the COVID vaccination campaign too. We got to see an example of this in Manipur where vaccine was delivered to an island by drone. Telengana had also finished trials of vaccine delivery through drones. Not only this drones are being used for monitoring many big infrastructure projects. A young student used drone to save lives of fishermen”, Modi said.

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