Registration of drones to be done by January 31st
The Aviation Ministry has announced a scheme providing a voluntary registration of all drones and their operators up to January 31. Those who fail to register will face action under the Indian Penal Code and the Aircraft Act.
The ministry has issued a notice depicting that, "The presence of such drones as well as drone operators has come to the notice of the government which do not comply with the CAR (civil aviation requirements). In order to facilitate the identification of civil drones and drone operators, a one-time opportunity for voluntary disclosure of such drones and drone operators is being provided... All persons in possession of drones are required to complete the process (of online registration) by January 31, 2020."
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on August 27, 2018, had issued the CAR to regulate the use of civilian drones in the Indian airspace. Under these regulations, a process has been prescribed for drone operators to obtain Unique Identification Number (UIN), Unmanned Aircraft Operator Permit (UAOP) and other permissions. A drone operator has to use the DGCA's software programme DigiSky to obtain valid permissions before operating drones in India.
In the notice the ministry has further said, "On successful submission of voluntary disclosure of possessing drone, a Drone Acknowledgement Number (DAN) and an Ownership Acknowledgement Number (OAN) will be issued online which will help in validation of operation of drones in India."
However, the DAN and the OAN do not confer any right to operate drones in India if it does not fulfil the DGCA's drone regulations.
The ministry has clarified, "Further, ownership of drones in India without a valid DAN or OAN shall invite penal action as per applicable laws. This database will be issued to process each case as per the regulations by seeking further information, if required."