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NaMo Drone Didi Initiative: Empowering Women in India



  Feb 28, 2024

NaMo Drone Didi Initiative



What is the NaMo Drone Didi Initiative?

The NaMo Drone Didi Initiative is a government scheme launched under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It aims to empower rural women by training them to become drone pilots for agricultural purposes. The initiative targets to equip 15,000 women-led Self-Help Groups (SHGs) with agricultural drones to assist in tasks such as crop monitoring, spraying fertilizers, and sowing seeds.

Who can participate in the NaMo Drone Didi Initiative?

Women associated with Self-Help Groups (SHGs) can participate in the initiative. District authorities and the National Rural Livelihood Mission recommend candidates for training.

What kind of training do participants receive?

Participants undergo a certified training course at designated centers, including practical and theoretical aspects of drone operation, maintenance, and safety. The training includes a five-day drone training course and a four-day ground training session.

What is the cost of the training?

The training cost is approximately Rs 65,000, with an additional Rs 16,000 for ground training. Initially, the training costs are sponsored by companies, while trainees pay for the subsequent ground training.

What benefits do participants receive?

Upon completion, participants receive a Remote Pilot Certificate (RPC) from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), enabling them to operate drones legally. They also receive a drone, with the central government covering 80 percent of its cost.

What is the purpose of the initiative?

The initiative aims to empower rural women by providing them with a new skill set, enabling them to contribute to agricultural efficiency and productivity. It also seeks to make agriculture less labor-intensive and support rural women in achieving self-sufficiency.

Are there any criticisms of the initiative?

Some agriculture policy analysts argue that the scheme primarily serves to further the interests of large companies and boost GDP rather than directly empowering women or improving their financial situation. However, this viewpoint is not universally accepted, and many see significant benefits in terms of skill development and rural empowerment.

How has the initiative been received?

Despite some skepticism, the initiative has been positively received by many participants and observers. Women who have undergone the training report feeling empowered and proud of their new skills. The initiative has also been praised for challenging stereotypes and expanding the roles available to women in rural areas.

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