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Published by India Legal Magazine dated 31st May 2014)

By Naresh Minocha


THEY can be as tiny as a bee or as large as a jumbo jet, but their business potential is nothing but huge. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) can be used in virtually every sphere, from defense and agriculture to courier services, weather forecasts and natural disaster alerts. However, while these remote-controlled aircraft are the focus of research and development in the West, India’s industrial licensing plans for their manufacture have ground to a halt following the scam involving second- generation (2G) spectrum allocation.

India does not have a spectrum policy or a civil avia- tion regulatory framework for drones, thanks to the government’s policy paralysis. Some officials pin the blame on the two main bodies responsible for drafting policy—the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and the Ministry of Civil Aviation.  

While the telecom department has dragged its feet on.. .....continue reading.......

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