New Delhi, May 4 : The Centre has given conditional permission to government agencies to use drones for the control and surveillance of the Coronavirus 'Covid-19'.
The Government is considering that the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS), commonly known as 'drones' can aid Government entities in addressing the challenges posed by COVID-19, according to a public notice issued by the ministry of Civil Aviation. The conditional exemption may be sought by an entity under the Union Government, State Government, District Administration or Government Institutions by submitting an online application at DGCA's Digital Sky Platform.
The conditional exemption will be limited to RPA deployed by an Authorised Entity for aerial surveillance, aerial photography and public announcements related to COVID-19. For other RPA activities, even if related to COVID-19 operations, permission shall be sought separately from the ministry and the DGCA as per normal procedure. The conditional exemption will be limited to battery-operated rotary-wing RPA only. Use of any other type of RPA, including but not limited to, fixed-wing RPA and autonomous RPA is strictly prohibited. The responsibility of safe operation of the RPA will rest entirely with the Authorised Entity. The RPA will, at no time, pose a risk to life, property or any other manned or unmanned aircraft. (UNI)