Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia has said that Madhya Pradesh is the first state in the country in advancing the use of drone technology at large scale. He said that five Drone Schools will be set up in Madhya Pradesh to train youngsters in drone technology and open new employment opportunities for them. He said that drone technology will bring significant changes in the world's economy. The schools will be opened in Gwalior, Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur and Satna. “Through these schools, training in drone technology will be given so that the youth get employment he said.” Scindia said: “The rules have been simplified to promote drone technology. Earlier, where companies had to fill 25 forms, that number has been reduced to five in the process of licensing and registration.” Scindia's remarks came at Gwalior drone mela jointly organised by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of Madhya Pradesh and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) at Madhav Institute of Technology and Science in Gwalior yesterday. The drone mela is part of the series of events planned under the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebration.
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said the state will use drones to spread its welfare programmes. “Madhya Pradesh will emerge as a leading state by using drone technology in the field of development and welfare. Drones are such a revolutionary technology that can be used for public welfare and good governance,” he said. Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar also addressed the function. The programme was the biggest congregation of drone manufacturers, service providers, drone enthusiasts and user communities, especially students, farmers and common man of the city. The programme included drone exhibition, demonstration, drone competition, industry-user interactions and launches.