The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has said in a statement that PM Modi will inaugurate India’s biggest drone festival- ‘India Drone Festival 2022’ on May 27 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. The statement said that the PM will interact with the farmer drone pilots and see the operation of the drones.
Over 1,600 delegates including government officials, foreign diplomats, armed forces, central armed police forces, public sector undertakings, private companies and drone startups will participate in the festival. In this exhibition, more than 70 exhibitors will tell about the use of drones.
The festival will also see a virtual award of drone pilot certificate, product launch, panel discussion, flight demonstration, display of Made in India drone taxi prototype, etc. The festival will digitally distribute drone pilot certificates, launch products, hold panel discussions, demonstrate operations and showcase a prototype of a Made in India drone taxi.
Recently, Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia in a statement Said That India will need around one lakh drone pilots in the coming years. Scindia had said that it is necessary to create indigenous demand in this sector. For this, 12 ministries of the central government are working. He had told that after passing 12th, training can be taken for drone pilot. No college degree is required for this. With two-three months of training, one can get a job as a drone pilot at a salary of around Rs 30,000 per month.
We need close to a million drone pilots in the coming years, so this opportunity is tremendous, he said. Scindia had said last year that the turnover of the Indian drone industry would be Rs 15,000 crore by 2026.
Significantly, the import of drones in the country has been banned by the central government. The government wants to promote local manufacturing of drones in the country and that is why this decision has been taken. However, special provisions have been made for the import of drones. Drones can be imported for research and development (R&D), defense and security purposes but necessary clearance will have to be obtained for this.