Portal GARUD launched by DGCA

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) operating under Ministry of Civil Aviation launched “GARUD” Portal. GARUD is Government Authorisation for Relief Using Drones.

Highlights

The GARUD portal will assist state entities to obtain exemptions from central government to operate drones for COVID-19 purposes. The portal is important as several state entities are deploying drones to disinfect public places. Especially, the smart cities are employing drones to spray disinfectants on the roads and other public places.

Start Ups

Several startups in India are coming up with new technologies using drones to spray disinfectants and sanitizers. For instance, the Garuda Aerospace startup has invented “Corona Killer” drone to spray disinfectants on buildings that are 450 feet high.

At this stage, while Indian Economy is declining at faster rate due to the COVID-19 and lock down, it is essential to keep up such startups. These startups will not only help in fighting the virus, but will also help in reviving the growth of the economy.

Growth Rate

Several World Financial Organizations have projected declining growth rate of India. The World Bank expects Indian economy to grow at 1.5% to 2.8%. The IMF predicted growth rate of the country to be 1.9%. The Fitch ratings cut India’s growth rate to 2%.

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