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Govt forms task force to fast rollout of UAV technology

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Government has decided to constitute a Task Force under the chairmanship of Shri Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation for fast-tracking the roll-out of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology.
The Task Force will develop a roadmap with implementable recommendations for Central as well as State Governments, Industry and Research Institutions. The Task Force will consist of representatives from the Government, PSUs, industry and sectoral experts and submit report within 6 months of its constitution. The Headquarters of the Task Force will be at Ministry of Civil Aviation, New Delhi.
The Task Force will focus, inter-alia, on research & development, acquisition and commercialisation, application & adoption in specific sectors, regulatory framework, preference for Make in India.
A roadmap with implementable recommendations for the Central Government, State Governments, Industry and Research Institutions including outcomes, timelines, implementation & review mechanism and measurable metrics will be prepared by the Task Force. The role of the industry will also be clearly delineated.
The Task Force may study global practices and interact with relevant stakeholders, as required, for preparation of their report.
The Task Force will have necessary consultations and interactions with Industry, Research Institutions and Government Organizations.

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