Drone Exercise in sky; Adverse Knock on Security & Privacy in Nepal
Kathmandu – 08 August 2016
The illegal introduction of flight of unmanned drone aircraft imposes an adverse impact on the security concern and a challenge for the privacy implantation in the context of Nepal. Among 10 drones captured from different places by Nepal Police Force last May showed that over a dozen of the video clips recorded by those drones were controversial and susceptible.
Home ministry of Nepal imposed a procedure last October started the campaign to ban drone and started arresting the foreigner citizens flying drones illegally in Nepal and found out the footage’s taken from sensitive places like Ministry workplace to Harirharbhawan. This has made a serious concern about the national security and privacy and dragged attention of many.
Therefore Home Ministry of Government of Nepal came to conclusion that anyone who needs to fly drone needs to have permission from Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal there onwards. The captured foreign nationals were warned and imposed a penalty of NRs. 2000 before they left the police station. The authority also warned that their passports be suspended in case of repetition of such actions.
Presently, CAAN provides free authority to the ones trying to fly drones for an appropriate reason. More than twenty permissions have been provided by CAAN after the implication of the procedure. Chief of Safety Division of CAAN Subhas Jha informed that the permission has been provided to the person and companies that has taken note of flight place and time in CAAN. CAAN has been issuing NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) for the flying location and time after permission is approved for flying drone he added.
Nepal Army, British Embassy, ICIMOD, Kathmandu University, Kanjirowa School, Tri Chandra Campus and Department of Archeology are in the list of the organizations that have been authorized to fly the drone. Similarly, Dr. Ram Chandra Pokhrel and Captain of Dhangadi BedPrakash Upreti have also obtained permission to fly drone in Nepal. The number of applicants requests are increasing day by day and CAAN is now looking forward to make this process with certain amount of fees.