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PS Gahlaut Commends PM’s Namo Drone Didi Initiative, Envisions Empowerment of Rural Women as Agricultural Drone Pilots

In a bold move towards gender empowerment and agricultural innovation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent initiative, the “Namo Drone Didi,” has garnered praise from various sectors of society. Among those commending this groundbreaking initiative is P.S. Gahlaut, a prominent figure in the agricultural community and the Managing Director of Indian Potash Limited (IPL) believes that this program holds the key to empowering rural women as agricultural drone pilots. “The Namo Drone Didi initiative aims to revolutionize farming practices in India by leveraging drone technology,” says PS Gahlaut. He further continues, “By providing training and resources to rural women, the program seeks to equip them with the skills needed to operate agricultural drones effectively. This initiative not only promises to enhance productivity and efficiency in agriculture but also presents a unique opportunity to address gender disparities in rural areas.”

Key Highlights & Gahlaut’s Understanding of the Initiative

Under the Sashakt Nari-Viksit Bharat program, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the NaMo Drone Didi scheme on March 11, 2024. Around 15,000 women-led Self-Help Groups (SHGs) will benefit from this scheme, utilizing drones for crop monitoring, fertilizer spraying, and seed sowing. This groundbreaking initiative not only offers employment opportunities to women in rural areas but also boosts agricultural productivity by integrating modern technology. “Acknowledging the crucial role of SHGs in rural development, Modi facilitated approximately Rs 8,000 crore in bank loans to SHGs at subsidized interest rates through Bank Linkage Camps. Additionally, he allocated around Rs 2,000 crore in Capitalization Support Funds to SHGs, enhancing their financial stability and enabling them to spearhead local development initiatives,” mentions PS Gahlaut. 

P.S. Gahlaut, a staunch advocate for women’s rights and agricultural reform, has hailed the Namo Drone Didi initiative as a significant step towards empowering rural women. PS Gahlaut emphasized, “The potential of this program is transformative; this has the power to change the lives of countless women across the country.” One of the key benefits of the initiative is its ability to provide women with access to cutting-edge technology. “Traditionally, women in rural areas have been excluded from participating in technological advancements due to various social and economic barriers. However, by offering training in drone piloting, the initiative empowers women to embrace technology in the agricultural sector,” continues PS Gahlaut. 

Moreover, the economic opportunities of this initiative for rural women are immense. By becoming skilled drone pilots, women can not only contribute to the improvement of agricultural practices but also generate additional income for their families. This economic empowerment, PS Gahlaut argues, “is essential for uplifting rural communities and reducing poverty levels.”

In addition to economic benefits, the initiative holds the potential to challenge traditional gender roles and stereotypes prevalent in rural societies. “By encouraging women to take on roles traditionally dominated by men, such as drone piloting, the initiative promotes gender equality and fosters a more inclusive society,” says PS Gahlaut. Furthermore, PS Gahlaut believes that the initiative will have a “positive impact on agricultural sustainability and environmental conservation.” Drones can be used to monitor crop health, identify pest infestations, and optimize irrigation, leading to more sustainable farming practices. By training women as drone pilots, the initiative ensures that these benefits are accessible to the farming community, regardless of gender. However, some challenges may lie ahead in implementing the initiative effectively. PS Gahlaut opines, “Addressing issues such as access to training facilities, availability of resources, and overcoming cultural barriers will be crucial in ensuring the success of the program.” 

Parvinder Singh Gahlaut opines, “The Namo Drone Didi initiative underscores the importance of empowering rural women as agricultural drone pilots. By providing women with access to technology, training, and economic opportunities, this initiative has the power to not only improve agricultural practices but also promote gender equality and social inclusion.” As India moves towards a more sustainable and inclusive future, initiatives like Namo Drone Didi will play a crucial role in realizing this vision.

Tags: PS Gahlaut, Parvinder Singh Gahlaut

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