ET Bureau Last Updated: Jun 17, 2020, 09.31 PM IST
Mysuru-based Skanray Technologies told ET on Wednesday that it has started delivering ventilators built under its license by Bharat Electronics Limited being funded by the PM-CARES Fund, to the government and that 30,000 of them will be delivered by August.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said in his address to chief ministers earlier in the day that the supply of made-in-India ventilators had started under the PM-CARES Fund. In May, Rs 2,000 crore was allotted from the fund for procuring 50,000 ventilators. This will double the number of ventilators in the country and help save lives of Covid-19 patients.
Of the ventilators to be procured under the fund, 30,000 will be supplied by Skanray Technologies. The company’s managing director, Vishwaprasad Alva, told ET in an emailed response that “30,000 units of Skanray’s CV200 advanced ICU ventilator are being manufactured at Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for the Government of India (GOI)... of which a few thousand have already been delivered and the entire 30,000 is targeted to be delivered by August”.
State-owned BEL is working with the Centre on this government-to-government order and is supplying directly to it, said Alva. He said the responsibility of Skanray Technologies is to “transfer the design and product manufacturing technology” and that the company is “supporting BEL to indigenise some critical imported components to qualify the localised parts”, besides helping with some software features and design upgrades along with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) scientists.
No other agencies or private parties are involved, he said, “making the transaction very transparent and efficient”.
BEL works under the defence ministry. “CV200 Ventilators are being manufactured by BEL under license from Skanray Technologies. It is priced competitively considering its configuration, features and performance. BEL’s CV200 Ventilator bears the PM Cares logo to ensure traceability and accountability, as it is being procured under this Fund,” the CMD of BEL, MV Gowtama wrote on Twitter. He said the CV200 manufactured by BEL is a high-end ventilator.
Skanray Technologies started manufacturing ventilators in 2014 and is India’s only ICU ventilator exporter, Alva said, adding that it is exporting to 80 countries. “We have grown to be the country’s largest med-tech company, with 50 products,” he said.