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The dual objectives of security concerns and Atmanirbhartha behind banning the import of drones must be carefully implemented so as to not stifle growth of UAV ecosystem in India. Critically analyze.

Topic: Challenges to internal security through communication networks,

6. The dual objectives of security concerns and Atmanirbhartha behind banning the import of drones must be carefully implemented so as to not stifle growth of UAV ecosystem in India. Critically analyze. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Live Mint 

Why the question:

India’s ban on drone imports, coupled with an incentive scheme, aims to foster a thriving local industry. Yet, it’s unclear if this is the best way to serve our broad aim of self-reliance.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the potential ramifications behind banning om import of drones in India.

Directive word: 

Critically analyze – When asked to analyse, you must examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a balanced judgment on the topic.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Start by giving context regarding the ban on import of drones in India.

Body:

First, cite statistic to convey the extent of growth of UAV ecosystem in India. Mention various applications. Mention various rules introduced by the government to ensure growth of drones.

Next, write about the pros of ban on import of drones in India – security concerns, China issue, self-reliance in drones, further development of indigenous technology.

Next, write about the negatives – dependent on imports for raw material, supply chain gap, quality etc.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward to making India a global competitive hub for drones.