Project O2 for India – UPSC Prelims

Project O2 for India:
  • Project O2 for India is an initiative of the Office of Principal Scientific Adviser, Government of India(GoI).
  • Purpose: The project aims to:
    • Step up production of medical oxygen to meet the potential increase in demand due to further waves of the pandemic .
    • Help the stakeholders working to increase the country’s ability to meet the rise in demand for medical oxygen.
Key Features of the Project O2 for India:
  • Under the Project, a National Consortium of Oxygen has been set up. It has been raising funds from private sector organisations, individuals among others.
  • These funds are being used by the consortium to supply critical raw materials such as zeolites, setting up of small oxygen plants, manufacturing compressors, ventilators among others.
  • Moreover, the consortium is also working to strengthen the manufacturing ecosystem of medical oxygen for long-term preparedness.
  • A committee of experts has also been set up to evaluate critical equipment such as oxygen plants, concentrators, and ventilators from a pool of India-based manufacturers, start-ups, and MSMEs.
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