On October 7, 2014, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation issued a notification that completely banned any use of drones by civilians pending the issuance of official guidelines. As of March 2016, official guidelines on civilian drone use in India have not yet been issued.

Carnegie India, in collaboration with the India International Center, hosted a closed-door roundtable discussion in New Delhi on the key issues surrounding the use of civilian drones in India on March 9, 2016.