No Payment, Lives Lost: 6,300 ‘PM CARES’ Ventilators Not Delivered
The PM CARES Fund had allocated Rs 2000 crore for the “supply of 50,000 ‘made in India’ ventilators to government hospitals run by Centre/State/UTs.” This information was made public in May 2020.
But The Quint has learnt that of these 50,000 ventilators, the delivery of almost 9,000 Low Flow Oxygen (LFO) ventilators has been held up due to non-payment of dues to the designated manufacturer….Tragically, this has happened even as the number of active COVID cases are at an all time high….
The PM CARES Fund is run directly by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO)…. The PMO claims that the PM CARES Fund is not a ‘public authority’…. There is no doubt that this has cost lives of many Indian citizens. The time and funds were there, but the job was just not done in time….