- Government Hospitals for COVID-19 will get 50,000 “Made In India” ventilators
- A total of Rs, 2,000 crore has been allocated for this from the PM-CARES Fund
- Additionally, Rs. 1,000 crore has been kept aside for the welfare of the migrant labour
The Central Government has decided to allocate a sum of Rs. 2,000 crore to supply 50,000 “Made in India” ventilators to the government-run COVID-19 hospitals all across India. The funds will be taken out of the PM-CARES Fund.
Additionally, the government has said that a sum of Rs. 1,000 crore will be allocated to the welfare of the migrant labourers from the PM-CARES Fund.
According to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), as of now 2,923 ventilators have been manufactured out of which 1,340 ventilators have already been delivered to the State and the Union Territories (UTs).
The recipients of these ventilators include Bihar (100,) Delhi (275), Gujarat (175), Karnataka (90), Maharashtra (275), Rajasthan (75) along with many other states and UTs. It is being said that by the end of this month, an additional 14,000 ventilators will be delivered to various States and UTs.
While 30,000 ventilators are being produced by M/S Bharat Electronics Limited, there are many others who are also manufacturing the ventilators to be supplied in the govt-run COVID hospitals. Out of the 20,000 ventilators, 10,000 will be manufactured by AgVa Healthcare, 5,650 will be manufactured by AMTZ Basic, 4,000 will be manufactured by AMTZ High End and 350 will be manufactured by Allied Medical.
In the meantime a sum of Rs. 1,000 crore has been allocated on the formula of 50% weightage for the population as per 2011 census, 40% weightage for the number of people tested positive for COVID-19 and 10% for to be equally distributed among the states and UTs of India.
This sum provided for the measure will be used to arrange accommodation, medical treatment, food and transportation of the returnee workers.
The states and UTs have received money as follows:
- Bihar with Rs. 51 crore
- Delhi with Rs. 55 crore
- Gujarat with Rs. 66 crore
- Karnataka with Rs. 34 crore
- Madhya Pradesh with Rs. 50 crore
- Rajasthan with Rs. 50 crore
- Tamil Nadu with Rs. 83 crore
- Uttar Pradesh with Rs. 103 crore
- West Bengal with Rs. 53 crore
Owing to the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situation Fund (PM-CARES Fund) was established on the 28th of March 2020 by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.
The contributions in the PM-CARES Fund are being utilised to combat, contain and provide relief efforts against the deadly virus.