Medicine from the Sky– Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiradtiya Scindia said the Telangana government’s ‘Medicines from the Sky’ project will be taken up on a pilot basis in 16 green zones in the state.
The project, under which drugs and vaccines are delivered with the help of drones, will be scaled up to the national level based on data after the study, the minister added.
Launching ‘Medicines from the Sky’, Mr Scindia said the new Drone Policy notified recently by the Centre eased rules pertaining to their operations by curtailing the number of forms required to operate them from 25 to just five, and decreasing the types of fee charged from drone operators from 72 to four.
“This project will be taken up in 16 Green Zones. The data will be analysed for three months. We along with the Health Ministry, IT Ministry, state government and the Centre will together analyse the data and make a model for the whole country. Today is a revolutionary day not only for Telangana but for the whole country,” the minister said.
‘Medicine from the Sky’ is an initiative of Telangana in partnership with the World Economic Forum, NITI Aayog, and HealthNet Global (Apollo Hospitals). Under the Green zone, no permission is needed to fly drones. Permission is needed in the Yellow Zone while Red Zones are no-fly areas.