From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :
Prelims level : GARUD Portal
Mains level : Not Much
Civil Aviation Ministry and DGCA have launched the GARUD (portal for providing fast track conditional exemptions to government agencies for COVID-19 related drone operations.
Possible prelim question:
The Garud Portal which sometimes finds mention in the news is related to-
a) Air travel of defence personnel
b) Airlifting of the stranded Indian citizens
c) Registration of Remotely-piloted aircraft system (RPAS)
d) None of these
- GARUD is an acronym for ‘Government Authorisation for Relief Using Drones’.
- The objective of the portal is to assist governmental entities in seeking exemption for COVID-19 related Remotely-piloted aircraft system (RPAS) operations.
- The Civil Aviation Ministry has clarified that any violation of provisions will make the conditional exemption null and void and will lead to penal action.