Only 6% ventilators under PM-CARES

Firms expressed disappointment over poor quality of raw material

PM CARES – Made In India:

  1. PM Cares fund had initiated the manufacturing of much needed 50,000 ventilators in collaboration with Indian firms to strengthen the Made In India drive alongside.
  2. The progress of such an important project has been very poor and slow, completing just 6% of the required ventilators so far.

A Case of Concern:

  1. NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant and few more upper level officials acknowledged this as a challenge for govt of India and industries involved in this.
  2. The e-conference chaired by Mr. Kant also saw participation of representatives of ventilator and component manufacturers and start-ups.
  3. The major reason behind the delay of these ventilators, told by a senior official, is non-availability of critical components.

A drop in the ocean:

  1. The Prime Minister’s Office on Tuesday said that of the total 50,000 “Made In India” ventilators under PM-CARES fund only 2,923 have been manufactured so far.
  2. Of these 2,923 ventilators total 1,340 ventilators have been already delivered to the states and UTs. Maharashtra (275) and Delhi (275) are among the top recipients.

India needs to create a component ecosystem:

  1. When competing with the largest manufacturing hubs of the world like China, India needs to focus on its component manufacturing ecosystem.
  2. Seeing the delay in the delivery of ventilators in crucial time, India felt the immense need of this ecosystem.
  3. The DRDO Chairman pointed out specific parts which are highly import-dependent. He reiterated the need to create a component ecosystem in the country.

China warns risk of naval conflict with U.S.

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60% warships in Indo-Pacific region:

  1. The “unprecedented” number of soldiers deployed in Indo-Pacific region with over 60% of American warships has created worrisome situation for China.
  2. U.S. has deployed a mammoth figure of 35,000 of its soldiers all fully equipped and ready to operate.
  3. Tensions between U.S.A. and China have raised ever since President Donald Trump took office in 2017.

Freedom of Navigation: Then v/s Now

  1. The United States’ regular “freedom of navigation” operations in the South China Sea angers Beijing, and China’s Navy.
  2. Beijing has also infuriated other nations by building artificial islands with military installations in parts of the sea.
  3. A Chinese official said that during former President Barack Obama’s eight years in office, the U.s. Navy conducted four freedom of navigation operations while there have been 22 of them under President.

China warns:

  1. With increasing soldiers in the region there is a possibility of a military incident or an accidental shot firing.
  2. If a crisis rises it will be U.S.A. accountable for bad bilateral relations.
  3. The press release of a prominent Chinese News agency says both the militaries should step up communication in order to prevent any kind of miscalculation and misunderstanding.
  4. The document has also warned that ‘deteriorating relations would substantially increase the possibility of a dangerous incident, a conflict or even a crisis’.

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