Foreign aid sent to 38 companies in 31 states and UT so far | India News
Distribution to states is based on a standard operating procedure established by the Ministry of Health. The assignment is being made to states with a large number of cases and where the requirements for equipment such as BiPAP machines, oxygen concentrators, oxygen cylinders, PSA oxygen plants, pulse oximeters, Flaviparivir, Remdesivir, PPE and masks are high.
Allocations are also made taking into account the equitable distribution and burden on tertiary health care facilities. In the early days, states were covered through AIIMS and other central institutions where the critical care patient burden is high and the need highest. In addition, central government hospitals, including DRDO facilities in and around Delhi and in the NCR region were also supplemented through aid, said a government statement detailing the entire aid material distribution operation to states and UT.
The distribution strategy aims to improve transparency. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the nodal agency for channeling aid offers from foreign countries and coordinates with missions abroad. The MEA has issued its own standard operating procedures that are applicable across the board. Processing of the aid must be quick, as some of it is perishable and must be stored, and the government said the process of counting the items, opening the packaging and repackaging sometimes takes a quarter of a day.
Apart from this, a high-level committee has also been formed under the CEO, Niti Aayog, comprising the expenses of the secretariat, MEA and officials from Niti Aayog and the Ministry of Health to oversee the entire operation. The state logistics company Concor is being used to move the aid material to the states.
Niti Aayog has also established a control room and a digital dashboard to monitor the distribution of aid material received from the private sector, associations, industries and other entities. It oversees the process down to the final beneficiary and is managed by officials from the government think tank.
Medical items began to arrive as donations from different countries after the sharp and sudden increase in Covid cases in the country and were channeled through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
A cell was established in the ministry to coordinate the receipt and allocation of foreign Covid relief material. This unit began to function on April 26 and is composed of a deputy secretary in delegation from the ministry of education, two additional secretary-level officers from MEA, chief customs commissioner, economic advisor to the ministry of civil aviation, technician, representatives of HLL , two deputy secretaries of the ministry of health and the secretary general together with representatives of the Indian Red Cross.