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Can the Draft drone rules released recently in India be hailed as progressive? Debate.

Topic: GS-2: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

GS-3: Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.

3. Can the Draft drone rules released recently in India be hailed as progressive? Debate. (250 words)

Reference:  Live Mint

Why the question:

Draft drone rules released recently are being hailed as progressive.  Thus the question.

Key Demand of the question:

One must explain the advantages offered by drones and how a liberal drone rules regime can help India get ahead in this sector.


Debate – Weigh up to what extent something is true. Persuade the reader of your argument by citing relevant research but also remember to point out any flaws and counter- arguments as well. Conclude by stating clearly how far you agree with the original proposition.

Structure of the answer:


Start with what Drones are, and also comment upon the recently released Draft rules to regulate the same in the country.


Discuss the benefits and challenges of using Drones.

Explain in what way rules can be seen as progressive.

Drones can serve a wide range of uses across sectors, from farming and mining to e-commerce and vaccine drop-offs. Monitoring of hazardous sites: It is far safer to have a drone monitor a hazardous site, for example, than expose humans to it.

For transporting vital supplies to places that are hard to access.

Utility for state initiatives: Their utility for state initiatives is also very high, like cartographic exercises or for farm surveys and police surveillance.


While highly sensitive areas must stay off-limits to drones, we should not complicate matters for operators beyond what’s necessary. Yet, we should be ready to adapt our drone rules in response to new learnings and advancements.