India announces draft drone policy just weeks after attack on the Jammu air base

The draft drone guidelines for 2021 were posted for public comment on Thursday by the ministry of civil aviation. The public comment period on the draft ends on August 5. Abolition of permissions for some criteria, reduction of forms from 25 to six, and ease in granting permission are among the key approvals cleared by the Centre in the new drone guidelines. The government stated that the fees have been cut to nominal levels and that they are no longer linked to the size of the drone. The government has reduced limitations on drone operations by foreign-owned enterprises registered in India by removing the requirement for a pilot license for micro drones (for non-commercial usage), nano drones, and R&D organizations.

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