Civil Aviation Sector – CA Policy 2016, UDAN, Open Skies, etc.

GARUD portal for fast-track approval to COVID-19 related drone operations


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 portal

  • 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.

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