The Times of India

India will need around 1 lakh drone pilots in coming years: Scindia

NEW DELHI: A total of 12 central ministries are trying to boost the indigenous demand for drone services and India will need approximately one lakh drone pilots in the coming years, Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Tuesday.

“We are taking the drone sector forward on three wheels. The first wheel is of policy. You have seen how fast we are implementing the policy,” Scindia said at a Niti Aayog event here.

The second wheel is to create incentives, he said.

“The PLI (production-linked incentive) scheme, which has been implemented under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will give a fresh boost to manufacturing and services in the drone sector,” the minister added.

The PLI scheme was introduced in September 2021 as a follow-through of the liberalised Drone Rules, 2021 released by the ministry on August 25 last year.

Scindia said the third wheel is to create indigenous demand and the 12 ministries have tried to create that demand.

Today, someone who has passed the Class-12 exam can be trained as a drone pilot and no college degrees are required for it, he pointed out.

“With two-three months of training, this person is in his or her job as a drone pilot with a monthly salary of around Rs 30,000,” the minister said.

“We need close to a lakh drone pilots in the years to come. tremendous,” he added.

Scindia had, on September 16 last year, said the Indian drone industry will see a turnover of up to Rs 15,000 crore by 2026.

The first batch of applications for the PL scheme was invited results were announced on April 20, wherein Adani Group’: with Israeli firm Elbit, IdeaForge Technology, and 12 other drone companies were selected as the beneficiaries.

The civil aviation ministry invited the second batch of applications for the scheme on May 5.

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