128 units making PPE kits, allow export, Capt urges PM - ECAS Punjab

128 units making PPE kits, allow export, Capt urges PM

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Chandigarh, June 18

With 128 manufacturers in the state getting approval to produce personal protective equipment (PPE), Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking permission to export the surplus.

The Chief Minister said the manufacturers had risen to the occasion in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak to make Punjab self-reliant in the manufacture of this critical equipment needed by frontline warriors in the fight against the pandemic. Permitting them to export the PPE kits "would also give an impetus to the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan recently launched by the Government of India under your leadership," he said in his letter to the PM.

"The manufacturers are finding it difficult to obtain orders from HLL Lifecare Ltd," he said, adding that of the 128 approved manufacturers, only 18 had received orders from the Central Government. The Chief Minister recalled that on May 21, 2020, the Punjab Industries and Commerce Minister had written to all Chief Ministers to consider directing their respective Health Departments to place orders to Punjab's PPE manufacturers at HLL rates. The minister had requested the Union Commerce amp; Industries Minister to allow export of surplus PPE kits from the country, he said.

Notably, the 128 manufacturers have a cumulative capacity to manufacture 5,21,050 PPE coveralls every day. Besides, with the manufacturers possessing significant ability to further scale up the total capacity, the potential for exports was massive, said Additional Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan, adding that the export permission would help in reviving the state's industry. — TNS

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