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Apr 28, 2020

Rajnath Singh reviews contribution of DPSUs, OFB to fight COVID-19

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today reviewed the contribution of Defence Public Sector Undertaking Units, DPSUs and Ordinance Factory Board, OFB to fight COVID-19 and their operational plans through video conference in New Delhi today.

He appreciated the innovative skills displayed by the DPSUs in devising manufacture of new products to fight COVID-19 and also their assistance rendered to the local administration in several forms. Mr Singh directed them to prepare contingency plans for resumption of operations after the lifting of lock down to compensate for the lost working time to the extent possible and ramp up production.

Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plans to revive the economy post-lock down, he said DPSUs along with private defence industry could play a major role in the economic revival.

 The Minister appreciated the monetary contribution of about 77 crore rupees made by the Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence, OFB and DPSUs to the PM CARES Fund, generated from Corporate Social Responsibility CSR funds and one day salary contribution. It was intimated that more contribution to PM CARES Fund from the DPSUs is expected this month.  

During the conference,  Ordinance Factory Board has reported that there was no COVID 19 positive case in any of its 41 manufacturing locations.  OFB’s contribution in fighting COVID 19 included repair of more than 100 ventilators, manufacture 12,800 Coveralls, development of specialised machines for testing of PPEs, supply of 6.35 lakh masks to local authorities, supply of 340 specialised tents to Arunachal Pradesh for COVID 19 patients, distribution of 1 lakh litres of hand sanitizer, etc. OFB has earmarked 280 isolation beds at its hospitals in 10 locations. In addition, HAL has also earmarked 93 isolation beds in Bangalore for COVID-19 patients.

Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) has made arrangements to manufacture 12 thousand ventilators next month and another 18  thousand in June. Around 3  thousand engineers will also participate in training of the health professionals in operationalising these ventilators.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, HAL has manufactured 300 aerosol cabinets and supplied them to various hospitals. It has also distributed 56  thousand masks and extended support to migrant labourers. No positive COVID-19 case has been recorded among HAL employees.

Bharat Dynamics Limited, BDL is also working with eminent scientists for finalisation of design for ventilators and to make the prototype.

Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, MDL provided PPE and medicines worth Five lakh rupees to Naval Quarantine Centre, Mumbai and distributed 4  thousand litres of sanitiser.

Several Units of OFB and DPSUs which are located in non-red zones have already started operations. Almost all DPSUs have made contingency plans to ramp up production after the lockdown is lifted by drawing up plans to work in three shifts and extending the work days from five to six days a week. Work will be carried out by observing social distancing and other relevant health guidelines.

Secretary, Department of Defence Production Raj Kumar, senior officials of Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence, senior officials of OFB, BEL, HAL, MDL, Bharat Earth Movers Limited, Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited, BDL, Hindustan Shipyard Limited, Mishradhatu Nigam Limited and Goa Shipyard Ltd participated in the video conference.

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