Coronavirus Relief: GARUD Portal Launched for Fast Track Exemptions of Drone Operations

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To help during the Coronavirus pandemic, the government of India has come up with a portal service to allow a conditional exemption to those using drones for relief services. The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) have launched a portal which is called GARUD which stands for Government Authorisation for Relief Using Drones. This portal is meant to fast track the exemption requests that were coming from government entities for Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS, also known as ‘Drones’) operations.

The conditional exemption can be sought online as well by submitting an online application at DGCA’s Digital Sky platform. However, those who are found violating the provisions of this notice will have their exemption nullified and will face penal action.

The ministry has also stated that the exemptions will be valid until further notice.

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