The Ministry of Civil Aviation granted a conditional exemption from the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Rules to the Indian Council of Medical Research for conducting a feasibility study of Covid-19 vaccine delivery using drones. The Ministry of Civil Aviation issued an order in this regard earlier this week and said that ICMR had sought exemption from the ministry via an email on February 12. The order signed by joint secretary in the Civil Aviation ministry Amber Dubey said that ICMR has to formulate a standard operation procedure which has to be approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). "Now therefore, the Central government, in exercise of the powers conferred under Rule 70 of the UAS Rules 2021, grants conditional exemption to the applicant for a period of one year or until further orders, whichever is earlier from the UAS Rules 2021 for the aforementioned purpose," the order read. The ICMR has partnered with IIT Kanpur for this project. Speaking to MediaNama, Dr Samiran Panda, Scientist G and Head of the Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases division of the ICMR, said, "The purpose of the project is to deliver things through drones in cases where it may take a longer time to transport through roadways." Panda said that they are yet to take a decision on whether ICMR and IIT Kanpur will take a pilot or a demonstration for this project, and indicated that in the coming days a decision will be taken in this regard. Telangana too receives nod…
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