By Gautam Debroy
The Government of India is working on regulations for the use of drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle or UAVs) for civil and military purposes, Rajiv Mehrishi, Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, has said.
Speaking at the FICCI Summit on India’s Internal Security and UAVs, Mehrishi said that UAVs are being used along the Western Sector to stop infiltration from across the border.
Similarly, UAVs can also be used for monitoring of infiltration from the Eastern Sector, the Union Home Secretary added.
“This can be a good technique to maintain law and order in the country,” Home Secretary Mehrishi told Elets News Network talking on the sidelines of the FICCI-organised meet.
The Home Ministry is concerned about homeland security in particular, and UAVs could play a significant role there, Mehrishi said. “We also need specialisation in detecting underground mines.”
“It took several years for America to make regulations on the use of drones, whereas UAVs are already being used by the Delhi Police every now and then to maintain law and order,” the Home Secretary pointed out.