After junking a contentious drone policy that made industry compliance virtually impossible, India has published new “Drone Rules, 2021” with an aim to become a “global drone hub” by 2030.

Following up on the draft policy released earlier this summer, the new drone rules are devised on the premise of trust, self-certification, and non-intrusive monitoring. According to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, these liberalized Drone Rules, 2021 will usher in an era of “super-normal growth” while balancing safety and security considerations.

Acknowledging that drones have the potential to offer tremendous benefits to almost all sectors of the economy, the government says it foresees the industry to drive employment and economic growth. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to say: