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Regulatory framework is needed for operation of UAS in India: Niti CEO Kant

Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant also suggested giving tax break for incentivising budding entrepreneurs to encourage them to provide UAS services

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Amitabh Kant. Chief executive officer, NITI Aayog
Amitabh Kant. Chief executive officer, NITI Aayog

The regulatory framework for civil and commercial operations of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) needs to be put in place early in line with global best practices, Aayog said on Wednesday.

He also called for incentivising budding entrepreneurs to encourage them to provide services and suggested that they could be given tax break.

"The primary beneficiaries of would be agriculture, fishery, forest and irrigation sectors. services by startups must be encouraged through incentives, benefits and tax breaks...for the benefit of these sectors," he said.

He was speaking at an event on Make in for UAS and promoting UAS industry in the country.

Kant said the UAS industry has the potential to rapidly modernise and promote growth of different sectors, and a regulatory framework needs to be put in place for UAS services.

"Regulatory framework for opening UAS operations for needs to be promulgated early in line with the global best practices," he suggested.

Making few recommendations to energise the industry in India, he said armed forces are the largest consumer for UAS and they offer the best prospects for kickstarting the

"They do piecemeal imports to meet the individual service demands, which to my mind must be discontinued for indigenous UAS industry to grow," he added.

He said demand aggregation for UAS would help attract investments.

Indian market for UAS is of the order of about USD 50 billion over the next 15 years, he said adding India must realise the full potential of this technology and leverage it to best advantage as a powerful tool to promote security, safety and good governance.

India should aspire to be the global hub for design, development and manufacture of the engines and aero-structures for all types of UAS, Kant said.

First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 15:59 IST