Draft policy for drone to come in September: Home Secretary

Outgoing Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi on Wednesday said that a draft policy on operating drones and other low-flying objects similar to it would come up by September to ensure aerial security across the country.

“The government is working on a draft Drone Act that is taking shape. The act will focus on flying of drones and other low-flying gadgets similar to it instead of putting a total ban on such objects considering aerial security. We have put standard procedure and the act will come out in public domain by September,” Mehrishi told IANS a day before demitting his office.

The Home Secretary also said that the government’s move to make Drone Act came in the wake of possible terror attacks by using such low0flying objects that were seen on many occasions in the past at sensitive locations.

Mehrishi, 1978-batch IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre, will on Thursday hand over the charge of Home Secretary to senior IAS officer Rajiv Gauba, who is currently working as Officer on Special Duty in the ministry.

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