Corona fight: 50,000 “swadeshi ventilators” to be supplied in Covid hospitals
New Delhi: The union government has provided details on the allocations of Rs. 2000 crore, made under The Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) Fund for supply of 50000 ‘Made-in-India’ ventilators to government run COVID hospitals in all states and union territories across the country.
The statement issued by the central government also stated that a sum of Rs. 1000 crore has been allocated for the welfare of migrant labourers.
Providing details of manufacturing of ventilation, the union government stated that of the 50,000 ventilators, 30,000 ventilators are being manufactured by M/s Bharat Electronics Limited while 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.
The government statement said that PM CARES Fund Trust has allocated Rs. 2000 crore for supply of 50000 ‘Made-in-India’ ventilators to government run COVID hospitals in all States/UTs. Further, a sum of Rs. 1000 crore has been allocated for the welfare of migrant labourers.
The central government also shared plans of distributing Rs 1000 crore to migrant labourers across country and said that the amount has already been released to States/UTs for welfare of the migrant labourers and that 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. The fund amount will be used for arranging accommodation, food, medical treatment and transportation of the migrants.
As per the information, the main beneficiaries of the grant are Maharashtra (181 cr) which has the highest number of cases in India, 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).
The COVID-19 tally in India’s COVID-19 on Tuesday jumped to 4,40,215 while the death toll rose to 14,011 with 312 new fatalities, after 14,933 people tested positive for coronavirus in a single day spike.