Indian government “creates task force to fast-track UAS technology and operations”

The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) has published a press release (https://centreforaviation.com/members/direct-news/government-of-india-ministry-of-civil-aviation-shri-jayant-sinha-to-head-a-13-member-task-force-for-411406) which reports the Indian Government is developing a task force under the chairmanship of Shri Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, to fast-track the roll-out of  Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology.

“The Task Force will develop a roadmap with implementable recommendations for Central as well as State Governments, Industry and Research Institutions,” says the release. “The Task Force will consist of representatives from the Government, PSUs, industry and sectoral experts and submit report within six months of its constitution.”

The composition of the Task Force would be as follows:

  • Shri Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation – Chairman
  • Shri Rajiv Nayan Choubey, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation
  • Shri Rajiv Gauba, Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs
  • Shri Sanjay Mitra, Secretary, Department of Defence
  • Shri Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion
  • Lt Gen Satish Dua, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff
  • Dr A.P. Maheshwari, Director General, Bureau of Police Research and Development
  • Shri B.S. Bhullar, Director General, Directorate General of Civil Aviation
  • S Christopher, Chairman and Secretary, Defence Research & Development    Organisation
  • Dr Girish Sahni, Director General and Secretary, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research
  • Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, Airports Authority of India
  • Shri A K Ghosh, HoD, Aerospace Engg. Dept., IIT Kanpur
  • Shri Satyendra Kumar Mishra, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation – Member Secretary

Industry experts will be co-opted as special invitees to the Task Force as required

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