India plans new drone policy to reduce incidents of illegal cross-border deliveries

India’s Minister of Home Affairs, Amit Shah, said “a new drone policy will be unveiled soon entailing a host of restrictions and compulsory registration of all unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs),” according to a report by The Hindu.

Punjab is experiencing increasing numbers of drones used for cross-border delivery of weapons and narcotics, says the report, with a total 491 sightings since 2019 and 51 neutralised or recovered in the region.

According to The Hindu, The Home Minister said that the government has established the Narco Coordination Centre (NCORD) in 2019, which holds meetings at four different levels. He said that district-level NCORD meetings have proven to be the most effective. He emphasised that States should collaborate with the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on financial investigations and refer the cases to the probe agency. “Until we conduct financial investigations of drug traffickers and break their interest chain, our campaign will not be successful,” he said.

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