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Telangana Government and WEF to launch Drone Delivery Project

The State Government of Telangana and World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Centre for Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR) Network announced the launch of drone-delivery project called ‘Medicine from the Sky’. The Telangana government, World Economic Forum and Health Net Global signed an agreement for project to be supervised and managed by leaders in field of medicine, technology and research.

About Medicine from the Sky Project

It is a pilot project that will run in partnership with State Government of Telangana and HealthNet Global Limited.

This innovative project will include a comprehensive study of drone-based deliveries for vaccines, blood, medical samples and organs.

Key Features

It is an innovative project to deliver emergency medical supplies like blood and vaccines by using drones.

It will help facilitate decision-making in healthcare supply chains.

It will focus on last-mile deliveries for augmenting national healthcare programme.

It will address issues that affect medical distribution system.

Significance: Drones have immense applications in healthcare sector therefore, roll-out of Medicine from Sky project in India could be transformational.

IFS officer Vivek Kumar appointed Private Secretary to PM Modi

Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer Vivek Kumar has been appointed as private secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This new assignment for Vivek Kumar was cleared by Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), headed by Prime Minister and order was issued by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

About Vivek Kumar

He is a 2004 batch IFS officer.

He is currently working as Director in Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). He was appointed in PMO as Deputy Secretary in 2014.

His appointment as PM’s private secretary will come into effect from the day of assumption of charge.

His new tenure will be on co-terminus basis or until further orders, whichever is earlier.

Succeeds: Vivek replaces Sanjeev Kumar Singla, who will now be taking over as India’s Ambassador to Israel.

Singla is a 1997 batch IFS officer. He was appointed private secretary to PM Modi in 2014. He had returned home to serve in PMO after a posting in Indian Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel.