In a major step forward, the Himachal Pradesh Cabinet on approved drone policy envisaging the use of drones and similar technologies for different types of public services including supply of medicines, disaster management and aerial surveys. The state cabinet, in its meeting, held the chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, gave its consent to Himachal Pradesh Drone Policy, 2022. The Policy envisions creating a holistic drone ecosystem built upon the foundation of Governance and Reforms Using Drones. Only two days back, the Chief Minister had declared that the instruction of drones in the state is aimed to put Himachal Pradesh in the forefront of using advanced technologies and artificial intelligence as advised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The government has already designated ITI Shahpur as Kangra’s nodel institute for training personnel to use drones. The new policy aims to harness digital sky opportunities through institutional linkages with the National Education Policy, 2020, HP Industrial Investment Policy, HP Start-up/Innovation Scheme, National Skill Qualification Framework for ensuring future readiness of students and empowering them to access the job opportunities embedded in the Drone Sector.