The Goa government has launched its Drone Policy 2022 to position Goa as one of the key states in the country’s drone ecosystem and promote manufacturing, innovation, and value-added services. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant launched the policy, under which drone design, manufacturing, testing, and maintenance facilities will be promoted in the state.
Sawant also inaugurated an additive manufacturing hub at the head office of the Information and Technology department in the presence of Minister Rohan Khaunte in Panaji.
Talking to reporters, Khaunte said the drone policy aims to position Goa as a key state in India’s drone ecosystem, by harnessing opportunities to promote manufacturing, and innovation, generate employment and provide value-added services in the state.
The policy will encourage the use of drones for innovative delivery of citizen services with a focus on agriculture, forestry, horticulture, healthcare, mining, and tourism, the minister said.
“The stress is also to build institutional and academic capacity on drone technology within the state. It will also increase awareness of the technology among public and private sector entities through technology conclaves in the state,” Khaunte said.
The policy will support drone technology start-ups and the ‘Make in India’ initiative in drones and drone component manufacturing and generate employment opportunities for Goans, he said.
Apart from this, the policy aims to build talent in drone technologies by generating curiosity among students from their early years and creating the necessary curriculum.