Speaking at a virtual conference of ventilator manufacturers and startups to discuss pathways for supporting indigenous manufacturing of ventilators, Amitabh Kant said local makers supplied 60,000 ventilators in three months.
- Last Updated: June 11, 2020, 9:25 PM IST
Buoyed by the promise shown by domestic ventilator makers during the COVID crisis, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on Thursday exhorted manufacturers to further scale up capacity to emerge as a global supplier of the device and related components.
Speaking at a virtual conference of ventilator manufacturers and startups to discuss pathways for supporting indigenous manufacturing of ventilators, Kant said local makers supplied 60,000 ventilators in three months.
The country, he said, now needs to ramp up manufacturing of ventilator components to capture the global market.
Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) Secretary Guruprasad Mohapatra said India under the aegis of Make in India initiative has the potential to become a leading hub for manufacturing ventilators which are affordable and portable. He too stressed on the need to initiate a drive to capture the expanding global market for ventilators.
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chairman Sathish Reddy said necessary freedom and handholding have spurred innovations for high-quality and cost-effective ventilator solutions in the last three months among the startups.
While Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) chairman and managing director M V Gautam said the progress made by the ventilator sector in the last few months is an example of how a facilitative environment can scale up manufacturing through Make in India initiative.