Made-in-India ventilators get a boost with support from PM Cares Fund
To encourage manufacture of ventilators inside the country, the government is making all efforts, including providing money from PM Cares Fund
While strict containment measures are being adopted to check the spread of Covid-19 disease in India, the Centre has allocated Rs 2000 crore from PM CARES Fund Trust for the supply of 5000 ‘Made-in-India’ ventilators to government-owned dedicated coronavirus hospitals. Besides, the government has allocated Rs 1000 crore for the welfare of migrant workers.
Of these total ventilators, 30000 ventilators are being manufactured by the Public sector Bharat Electronics Limited. The remaining 20000 ventilators are being manufactured by AgVa Healthcare (10000), AMTZ Basic (5650), AMTZ High End (4000) and Allied Medical (350). So far 2923 ventilators have been manufactured, out of which 1340 ventilators have already been delivered to the states and union territories.
The prominent recipients include Maharashtra (275), Delhi (275), Gujarat (175), Bihar (100), Karnataka (90), Rajasthan (75). By the end of June 2020, additional 14,000 ventilators will be delivered to all states and union territories.
Further a sum of Rs. 1000 crore has already been released to states and union territories for welfare of the migrant labourers.
The distribution of the fund is based on the formula of 50 percent weightage for the population as per 2011 census, 40 percent weightage for number of positive COVID-19 cases and 10 percent for equal distribution among all the States/UTs. This assistance is to be used for arranging accommodation, food, medical treatment and transportation of the migrants.
The main recipients of the grant are Maharashtra (181 cr), Uttar Pradesh (103 cr), Tamil Nadu (83 cr), Gujarat (66 cr), Delhi (55 cr), West Bengal (53 cr), Bihar (51 cr), Madhya Pradesh (50 cr), Rajasthan (50 cr) and Karnataka (34 cr).