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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.

Directive:

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:

Introduction:

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

Body:

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.

Conclusion:

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.