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Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia flags off Doon Drone Mela in Uttarakhand – ET Auto


Union Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia along with the Minister of State for Civil Aviation, General (Retd) Dr. VK Singh on Friday flagged off the Doon Drone Mela 2021 in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Scindia flagged off the event with a paragliding demonstration and also interacted with the drone companies exhibiting their prototypes at the Doon Drone Mela.On the occasion, Scindia said, “We recognise the immense opportunities which use of drones bring in. The government of India is working towards enabling the same with a liberalized drone policy and the launch of the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme. We insist that the Uttarakhand government works towards developing Dehradun as an Aerosports and Drone Hub of India,” the minister said.

The day marked the demonstration of drones and aerosports that included a paragliding demonstration by the Border Security Force, a Paramotor demonstration by Harsh Sachan, and an agriculture spraying drone demonstration by IoTechWorld Aviation and Dhaksha. The event also included an emergency search and response drone demonstration with an indigenously 3D-printed drone by the Drone Application and Research Centre (DARC) & State Disaster Response Force (SDRF). It was followed by a brief survey drone demonstration by the Aarav Unmanned Systems (AUS) under the SVAMITVA Scheme along with a training drone demonstration by Sqn Ldr Varsha Kukreti (Retd).

Amber Dubey, Joint Secretary, MoCA along with other senior officials of the ministry were also present at the launch. The other attendees of the program included students and personnel from the local police force, State Disaster Response Force, Wildlife Institute of India, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES), IMS Unison University, Information Technology Development Agency, ITDA Dehradun, and experts from the Indian drone industry.

“This new (drone) technology, in terms of both content and manufacture, combined with the versatility of its usage, will transform lives of the people. We saw an example of it on Wednesday (October 6) where PM Modi inaugurated the Swamitva scheme in Madhya Pradesh (that establishes clear ownership of property in rural inhabited areas by mapping of land parcels using drone technology) and over 3 lakh people got their land titles,” Scindia said.

Emphasising that internal security is a focus area, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Wednesday said that in the coming days, drones will be enabled with automatic “on/off” switches.



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