Gujarat govt announces drone promotion and usage policy

AHMEDABAD: Gujarat government on Wednesday announced Gujarat’s ‘drone promotion and usage‘ policy. The police force in Gujarat currently has a fleet of drones in operation and is used for law enforcement.
Drones were extensively used during the recent Rath Yatra. Not only this, the Industries and Mines Department has also launched ‘Trinetra’ drones to control illegal mining activities.
Considering the vast potential and scale of drones’ global reach, the Gujarat government has announced this policy for the promotion and use of drones.
Along with making such services more accessible to the public, the state government has also announced the approach of creating new opportunities for job creation through the drone ecosystem in this ‘Drone Promotion and Uses Policy’.
Under the policy the departments which are going to use drones include:
Forest Department: Lion Counting, Wildlife Tracking, Mapping and Monitoring, Ecological Audit, Prevention of Poaching
Home Department: Crowd Management, Vital Installation Security, VVIP Security, Border and Coastal Security, Disaster Management, Security of Major Events and Processions, Search Operations, Traffic Management
Department of Agriculture, Farmers Welfare and Cooperation: Spraying of Pesticides, Fertilizer Application, Seed Sowing, Soil Quality Monitoring, Survey of Soil Erosion
Commissioner of Geology and Mining, Department of Industries and Mines: Surveillance of mining areas for geology and mining, prevention of illegal mining, survey of mineral leases and blocks.
Department of Energy and Petrochemicals: Monitoring of oil and natural gas pipelines, monitoring of power lines, securing onshore and offshore assets
Department of Labour, Skill Development and Employment: Pilot and user training.
Health and Family Welfare Department: Medical supplies and delivery of blood
Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority: Rescue and Relief
Department of Urban Development: Urban land use planning, sanitation survey
Irrigation Department: Maintenance of reservoirs and irrigation canals
Gujarat Pollution Control Board: Monitoring of Emissions
Revenue Department: GIS based survey and mapping of survey numbers
Roads and Buildings Department: estimation of repair work, monitoring of ongoing projects etc.
The Key Features of the policy announced include-
The tenure of this policy announced by chief minister Bhupendra Patel has been kept for five years.
Among the goals set out in this Drone Promotion and Usage Policy
Building a vibrant drone ecosystem including manufacturing and innovation by promoting the use of drones for delivery of services and increasing efficiency in the state.
To create thousands of direct and indirect employment by increasing employment opportunities in the drone service ecosystem.
Encouraging young talent for innovation.
The chief minister has also shown the attitude of engaging young talent for innovations so that young talents can showcase their skills and potential in the field of drone technology.
For this purpose, organization of Hackathon and Grand Challenge will be promoted in collaboration with Startup Gujarat Cell of various Government Departments, reputed organizations and Industry Commissioner Office to work on the problem statement.
The winning solutions of such planning will be awarded or given an opportunity to start pilot projects with the concerned departments.
The respective departments of the State Government will give preference to Startups, Make in India companies, Micro and Small Enterprises to showcase their services and products as per the procurement policy.
Under the Drone Promotion and Uses Policy announced by the state government, various departments, public sector undertakings and boards, organizations will formulate plans and programs to promote the use of drones in their respective areas of operation within 6 months.

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