Smartphones in every hand, drones in every farm: PM Modi’s Indian vision
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Drone Expo, India’s largest drone festival, in New Delhi on Friday, May 27.
Addressing a gathering after the inauguration of the drone festival, Prime Minister Modi said: “As we celebrate Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, I dream that everyone in India has a smartphone in their hand, every farm have a drone and every house should have prosperity.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has claimed that the current government has ensured last mile service delivery using technology including drones.
The event was attended by Union Ministers Jyotiraditya Scindia, General VK Singh, Narendra Singh Tomar, Ashwini Vaishnaw, Bhupendra Yadav, Mansukh Mandaviya.
360° USE OF DRONES FROM AGRICULTURE TO DEFENSE
The expo had set up various booths showcasing the capabilities of drones, from agriculture to land mapping, medicine delivery, vaccines and defense.
According to Rahat Kulshrestha, President of the Drone Federation of India, the government push will put India on the map when it comes to drone technology.
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Speaking to India Today, Rahat Kulshrestha spoke about government support and policies and said, “For the industry to succeed, government support is crucial. Now that the support is in place, the technology coming out of our country is among the best in the world. . In the next 2-3 years we will be making some of the best drones in the world.”
Seema Gupta, General Sales Manager at Kambil Systems Private Limited, explained that farmers have started using drones based on the size of their land. Kambill Systems Private Limited manufactures drones that can be used for spraying.
Speaking to India Today, Seema Gupta said, “Our drone can carry up to 16 liters of water, pesticides, fertilizers and can work for 25 minutes on three or four acres of land.”
“Farmers can operate drones remotely by navigating them using their laptops. The drones will help farmers monitor, map their land and collect data on their harvest,” she added.
The Tech Eagle company manufactures drones that can drop vaccines, medical supplies. Their drones can travel 100-150 km after 1 charge.
Speaking to India Today, Tech Eagle’s Gaurav Assudani said, “Our drones will be able to drop vaccines and medical supplies to remote and inaccessible areas. With the use of drone technology to send supplies up steep mountains, flooded areas will become easy and a game-changer for the country.”
15,000 CRORE OF DRONE INDUSTRY BY 2030
The government’s “official” drone site is Digital Sky, which has an interactive map of the airspace. The map has green, yellow and red zones – categorized as no-fly zones or areas where you can fly drones.
The government has big plans to use drones in all areas, with a particular focus on agriculture and land mapping.
Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said the way entrepreneurs have seized the opportunity, the industry will be a Rs 15,000 crore industry by 2030.
Elaborating on the use of drones, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pointed out that so far, 65 lakh property cards have been issued in rural India after surveying land using drones under the Swamitva program.
“The drones will be used to spray pesticides while scientifically minimizing their use and will help solve the problems of low yield and crop deterioration,” Prime Minister Modi said.
There are five categories of drones in India:
- Large drones (over 150 kg)
- Medium drones (greater than 25 kg and less than or equal to 150 kg)
- Small drones (greater than 2 kg and less than or equal to 25 kg)
- Micro drones (greater than 250 grams and less than or equal to 2 kg)
- Nano drones (less than or equal to 250 grams)
Speaking to India Today, Navneet Kaushik of the Technology Development Council said, “There are many advantages to manufacturing drones in India. Firstly, drones made in India will cost 1/4 the price compared to foreign drones. , from nano to big drones Some Indian companies have started manufacturing drones, most of which will be in the market by 2024-25.”
“The defense drone market is $80 million overseas, warfare has changed. The new weapons of warfare are drones. The government has funded many drone projects to help contractors,” Navneet added. Kaushik.
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