New Delhi, June 23 | Nearly 3000 of the 50,000 ‘Made in India’ ventilators sanctioned under the PM CARES fund to help COVID-19 patients have been manufactured and over 1,300 have been delivered to various states, an official statement said on Tuesday.
The PM CARES Fund Trust had decided to allocate Rs 3,100 crore for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and the amount was to be used, among other things, to purchase ventilators and caring for migrant workers.
Out of the Rs 3,100 crore, nearly Rs 2,000 crore was earmarked for the purchase of 50,000 ‘Made in India’ ventilators.
“So far 2,923 ventilators have been manufactured, out of which 1,340 ventilators have already been delivered to the States/UTs,” the statement said.
The prominent recipients include Maharashtra (275), Delhi (275), Gujarat (175), Bihar (100), Karnataka (90), Rajasthan (75), it said. By the end of this month, an additional 14,000 ventilators will be delivered to all the states and UTs.
Out of the 50,000 ventilators, 30,000 are being manufactured by Bharat Electronics Ltd, a government undertaking. The remaining 20,000 ventilators are being manufactured by AgVa Healthcare (10,000), AMTZ Basic (5650), AMTZ High End (4000), and Allied Medical (350), the statement said.