New Delhi (NVI): The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has granted permission for drone usage to the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare (MoAFW).
The Civil Aviation Ministry has granted conditional exemption for Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) which allows drone deployment by the MoAFW for remote sensing data collection in agricultural areas of 100 districts of the country, for Gram Panchayat level yield estimation, under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY).
The exemption shall be valid from the one year from the date of issue of the permission letter or until the operationalisation of the Digital Sky Platform, whichever is earlier, according to a statement issued by MoCA.
“However, this exemption shall be valid only if all conditions and limitations are strictly adhered to,” the statement added.
In case of violation of any condition, this exemption shall become null & void and action may be initiated.