Goa Drone Policy

On 5-1-2023, the Government of Goa notified the Goa Drone Policy, 2022 recognizing the potential of the drone sector and foreseeing the need to act as a catalyst and enabler in establishing an ecosystem that will allow drone companies to thrive in the State.

This Policy has enabled to develop the State as a hub for manufacturing, Research & Development, training, repair, and maintenance of drones and having this Policy will also empower the State to fully harness the opportunities offered by the drone sector and generate employment.

Key Points:

  1. Objectives:

    • to promote drone design, manufacturing, testing and maintenance facilities in the State,

    • encourage the use of drones for innovative delivery of citizen services with a focus in the areas of agriculture, forestry, horticulture, healthcare, mining and tourism,

    • to build institutional and academic capacity on drone technology within the State,

    • to support ‘Make in India' initiatives in drones and drone component manufacturing,

    • to generate employment opportunities for ‘Goans'.

  2. The vision of this policy is to position Goa as one of the key states in India's drone ecosystem, harnessing the opportunities to promote manufacturing, sustainable innovation, generate employment and provide value added services in the State.

  3. The policy will be in operation for 5 years.

On 25-8-2021, the Ministry of Civil Aviation notified “The Drone Rules, 2021” which applied to all drones with the maximum all-up-weights of up to 500kg, which are registered or operated in India.

*Kriti Kumar, Editorial Assistant has reported this brief.

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