What’s the news: Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in a report to the Centre lobbied to establish a single inter-ministerial committee (IMC) on drone-related issues, reported Moneycontrol. The advocacy group said that the IMC panel should include representatives of relevant ministries and government departments who will meet regularly to discuss problems such as “innovation, technology development, regulations, mother technology development, global value chains, testing, skill development, training, global standards, reciprocity issues, custom duties to make this sector globally competitive and to become the manufacturing hub for the world.” Simplify permissions for drone-related work: Moreover, interested parties will also approach the IMC to get permission for conducting drone flights, exports and overseas demonstrations of drones, indigenisation of components, etc., said the report. Typically, all development related responsibilities and permissions are dealt by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MCA). However, depending on how the drone is used, parties also have to approach other ministries such as the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). For example, in May 2021 the MCA exempted the Telangana government from the now-replaced Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Rules 2021 and granted it permission to conduct ‘beyond the visual line of sight’ (BVLOS) drone operations. However, the state government could not proceed with the drone trials because it had not got an additional exemption from the MHA. The project was finally allowed after the introduction of the new Drone Rules 2021. Further, the FICCI asked the government to simplify the procurement process for drones since it is an…
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