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Govt lifts ban on export of PPE suits, face masks, hand sanitisers

September 16, 2020

Announcing the decision to revoke the ban on exports, the ministry also said that restrictions on the export of the diagnostic kits, N-95/FFP2 face masks will continue and their export will be subjected to a monthly quota, above which their supply to other countries will not be allowed.

The government in June had allowed the export of 50 lakh PPE suits per month to boost its manufacturing capacity in the country.

Revoking the ban on the export of medical equipment including PPE suits, face masks, and hand sanitisers, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday allowed the export of the medical equipment to other countries, news agency ANI tweeted.

The decision to ban the export of critical health equipment was taken by the central government at the time of the onset of Coronavirus in the country in March, to ensure availability for domestic needs.

Announcing the decision to revoke the ban on exports, the ministry also said that restrictions on the export of the diagnostic kits, N-95/FFP2 face masks will continue and their export will be subjected to a monthly quota, above which their supply to other countries will not be allowed. The government in June had allowed the export of 50 lakh PPE suits per month to boost its manufacturing capacity in the country.

The decision taken by the government to resume the export of critical medical equipment comes even as the country is registering a record increase in the number of Coronavirus cases in the world. Reports of the shortage and lack of critical medical equipment for the healthcare staff members including doctors, nurses, and on-field workers had also emerged in the last few months.

Earlier the central government in June had allowed the export of about 50 lakh PPE suits to foreign countries in a bid to encourage the manufacturing of the medical equipment in the domestic industries of the country. The government while announcing the decision had also said that allowing the export of the medical equipment was aligned with its Atma Nirbhar Bharat policy under which the domestic manufacturing capabilities are being shored up in various sectors.

https://www.financialexpress.com/economy/govt-lifts-ban-on-export-of-ppe-suits-face-masks-hand-sanitisers/2084952/


From Being A Net Importer, India Now Manufactures Over 5 Lakh PPE Kits Per Day: Union Minister Sadananda Gowda

Sep 18, 2020

India has become the second largest producer of the personal protective equipment (PPE) kits in the world with daily production capacity surpassing 5 Lakh per day, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers D V Sadananda Gowda said on Thursday (17 September).

"It is matter of great pride for me and millions of Indians that from being a net importer, India has become second largest producer of PPE Kits in the world with daily production capacity surpassing more than 5 lakh per day," Gowda said while addressing a webinar organised by Invest India Pharma Bureau and Department of pharmaceuticals.

Similarly in case of ventilators, within a very short span of time, indigenous production capacity has increased to 3 lakh per annum, the minister said, according to a Ministry of Chemicals and fertilisers statement.

Gowda also lauded the contribution of Indian pharma industry during the testing time of COVID and expressed confidence that it will be among the first one to develop and supply low cost vaccines for this pandemic.

The minister also stressed on the need of development of indigenous capacity in medical devices as it has a crucial role to play in improving accessibility and affordability of healthcare.

He further said under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Department of Pharmaceuticals has taken several measures to create enabling environment for development of domestic capacity in pharma and medical device sector and has decided to support the development of three bulk drug parks and four medical devices parks across the country in coordination with state governments and private sector.

The objective is to make India self reliant in production of 53 critical APIs or Key Starting Materials (KSMs), and in production of medical devices, for which India is crucially dependent upon imports.

Gowda said that he is sure that these parks will be able to attract significant investment as well as latest technology.

It is expected that the schemes of Central government for development of bulk drug and medical device park will attract cumulative investment of Rs 78000 crore and can generate about 2.5 lakh employment, the statement said.

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