Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, while briefing the media in Ayodhya about the decisions of the state cabinet, highlighted that the formulated policy, making drone registration mandatory, is designed with a focus on preventing potential misuse of drones.
The Uttar Pradesh cabinet granted approval on Thursday for the Uttar Pradesh Drone Prachalan Suraksha Niti-2023, aiming to address operational challenges associated with drones in the state. The policy mandates the compulsory registration of drones, each assigned a unique identity, with local police stations being informed of their presence in respective areas.
During a media briefing on the cabinet’s decisions, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath emphasized the diverse applications of drones in photography, videography, agriculture, and security. The policy, formulated in consideration of potential misuse, aligns with the provisions of the Civil Aviation Act of the Government of India, enabling monitoring of drone activities at the police station level.
The policy also facilitates the designation of red, green, and yellow zones within the state. Red zones prohibit drone activities, yellow zones allow administrative regulation, and green zones permit various activities.
Additionally, the cabinet announced the commencement of the winter session of the state legislature from November 28, expected to last about a week. The government plans to present its supplementary budget for 2023-24 during this session, along with conducting legislative business.
In another decision, the cabinet approved a proposal to allocate ₹262.13 crore for viability gap funding (VGF) to rural development, aiming to provide nutritious supplements to approximately 1.96 crore beneficiaries and combat malnutrition.
Furthermore, the cabinet endorsed a plan to allocate 15 acres of land for tourism development near the Sohgipurwa wildlife division in Maharajganj.
Additionally, several fairs, including Lakhi Mela in Kasganj, Sri Dauji Maharaj in Hathras, Makar Sankranti Mela in Ayodhya, and Dev Dipawali fair in Varanasi, were declared as state fairs.