Union Government to constitute Task Force for fast-tracking Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Technology

Apr 13, 2018 11:04 IST
Union Government to constitute Task Force for fast-tracking Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Technology

The Union Government on April 12, 2018 announced to constitute a Task Force under the Chairmanship of Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, for fast-tracking the roll-out of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology.

The Task Force will build up a strategy to accelerate the development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Technology with implementable recommendations for Central Government, State Governments, industries and research institutions.

The Headquarters of the Task Force will be at Union Ministry of Civil Aviation, New Delhi.


Members of the Task Force

The 13 member Task Force will consist of following representatives from various ministries, PSUs, industries and sectoral experts:





Jayant Sinha (Chairman)

Minister of State for Civil Aviation


Rajiv Nayan Choubey

Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation      


Rajiv Gauba

Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs                        


Sanjay Mitra

Secretary, Department of Defence


Ramesh Abhishek

Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion


Lt Gen Satish Dua

Chief of Integrated Defence Staff           


Dr AP Maheshwari

Director General, Bureau of Police Research and Development


B.S. Bhullar

Director General, Directorate General of Civil Aviation


Dr. S Christopher

Chairman and Secretary of DRDO


Dr. Girish Sahni

Director General and Secretary, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research


Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra

Chairman, Airports Authority of India


AK Ghosh

HoD, Aerospace Engineering Department, IIT Kanpur


Satyendra Kumar Mishra (Member Secretary of the Task Force)

Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation

Terms of Reference of the Task Force

• The Task Force will focus on research & development, acquisition & commercialisation, application & adoption, regulatory framework and preference for Make in India Initiative.

• It will prepare a roadmap for UAV technology along with the timelines, implementation, review mechanism and measurable metrics.  It will also clearly define the role of industries.

• It will study global practices and interact with relevant stakeholders for preparation of report.

• It will also undertake necessary consultations with industry, research institutions and government organizations.

• It will submit its report within 6 months of its constitution.

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