India can become global drone hub, says PM Modi

New Delhi: India has the potential to become a global drone hub, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday as he inaugurated the country’s biggest drone festival. The prime minister said that the center was ensuring that technology was available for the masses. “In earlier times, technology and its inventions were considered for the elite class. Today, we are making technology available to the masses first,” he said.

PM Narendra Modi also launched 150 remote pilot certificates at India’s biggest Drone Festival – Bharat Drone Mahotsav 2022 in Delhi’s Pragati Maidan. At the event, PM Modi detailed how technology and drones were helping him keep a track of development across India. He noted that the enthusiasm being seen in India regarding drone technology is amazing.

“We are also moving towards creating a strong drone manufacturing ecosystem in India through schemes like PLI. Technology has helped a lot in furthering the vision of saturation, and in ensuring last-mile delivery. Following the path of minimum government, maximum governance, we have made ease of living, ease of doing business our priority,” he said.

PM Modi highlighted the use of drone technology in the agriculture sector. “The enthusiasm that is being seen in India regarding drone technology is amazing. This energy is visible, it is a reflection of the quantum jump in the drone service and drone-based industry in India. It shows the possibilities of an emerging large sector of employment generation in India,” he said.

Smart technology will take the country’s agricultural sector to a new level, he underlined, speaking at the two-day Bharat Drone Mahotsav at Delhi’s Pragati Maidan. Over 1,600 delegates participated in the festival and more than 70 exhibitors displayed various use cases of drones in the exhibition, according to a government statement.

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