Govt launches “Project O2 for India” to increase supply of medical oxygen

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The Government of India has launched the ‘Project O2 for India’.

 About Project O2 for India:
  • Project O2 for India is an initiative of the Office of Principal Scientific Adviser, Government of India(GoI).
  • Purpose: The project aims to:
    • Step up production of medical oxygen to meet the potential increase in demand due to further waves of the pandemic .
    • Help the stakeholders working to increase the country’s ability to meet the rise in demand for medical oxygen.
Key Features of the Project O2 for India:
  • Under the Project, a National Consortium of Oxygen has been set up. It has been raising funds from private sector organisations, individuals among others.
  • These funds are being used by the consortium to supply critical raw materials. Such as zeolites, setting up of small oxygen plants, manufacturing compressors, ventilators among others.
  • Moreover, the consortium is also working to strengthen the manufacturing ecosystem of medical oxygen for long-term preparedness.
  • Further, a committee of experts has also been set up to evaluate critical equipment. Such as oxygen plants, concentrators, and ventilators from a pool of India-based manufacturers, start-ups, and MSMEs.
About Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA):
  • Setup in: Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) was set up in 1999 by the Cabinet Secretariat. It is currently a Secretary level position.
  • Mandate: This office is the chief advisor to the government on matters related to scientific policy. The policies focus on critical infrastructure, economic and social sectors.

Source: Business Today

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