Push for promotion of drones through start-ups

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What is the News?

In the Union Budget 2022, the Finance Minister has announced several steps for the promotion of Drones.

What are the steps announced by the Finance Minister for the promotion of Drones?

Firstly, Startups will be promoted to facilitate ‘Drone Shakti’ through varied applications and for Drone-as-a-Service(DrAAS).

Note: Drone Shakti is a mission that aims to make India a drone hub by 2030.

Note: DrAAS is a concept comparable with Software as a Service (SaaS). It would eliminate the need for government departments to purchase drones. Instead, the departments can rent drones, allowing them to become asset light and take advantage of the best available capability and latest technology in the market.

Secondly, Kisan Drones will be promoted for crop assessment, digitisation of land records and spraying of insecticides and nutrients on fields.

Thirdly, The courses required for drone skills will be started in select Industrial Training Institutes in various states.

Fourthly, a scheme through PPP [public-private partnership] mode will be launched to deliver digital and hi-tech services to farmers.

Source: This post is based on the following articles:

–  “Push for promotion of drones through start-upspublished in The Hindu on 2nd Feb 2022.

– “​​Agri-tech: drones, start-up fund in focus” published in The Hindu on 2nd Feb 2022.

– “Farming gets hi-tech sauce in budget, kisan drones set for takeoffpublished in The TOI on 2nd Feb 2022.

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