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  • 12 May, 2021

  • 12 Min Read

1.5 Lakh units of Oxycare Systems to be procured through PM CARES

1.5 Lakh units of Oxycare Systems to be procured through PM CARES

Background:

  • In India, the spread of coronavirus has been increasing and is posing serious challenges for the health and economic security of millions of people.
  • There have been calls for citizen donations to support the government in the wake of this emergency with people from all walks of life expressing their desire to donate to India’s war against COVID-19.

Details:

  • Catering to the need for having a dedicated national fund with the primary objective of dealing with any kind of emergency or distress situation, and providing relief to the affected, a new fund has been set up.
  • The fund will be a public charitable trust under the name of the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund).
  • Prime Minister is the Chairman of this trust and its Members include Defence Minister, Home Minister and Finance Minister.
  • The new fund will not only cater to the immediate crisis posed by COVID-19 but also similar distressing situations if they occur in the future.
  • PM-Cares Fund accepts micro-donations too.

Contribution to PM - CARES Fund will Qualify as CSR Expenditure

  • The Ministry of Corporate Affairs has clarified that contributions by companies towards the PM-CARES Fund will count towards mandatory Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) expenditure.
  • Under the Companies Act, 2013, companies with a minimum net worth of Rs 500 crore or turnover of Rs 1,000 crore, or net profit of Rs 5 crore are required to spend at least 2% of their average profit for the previous three years on CSR activities every year.
  • The term "Corporate Social Responsibility" in general can be referred to as a corporate initiative to assess and take responsibility for the company's effects on the environment and impact on social welfare.

Existing Similar Fund: Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF)

  • This fund was instituted in 1948 by then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, to assist displaced persons from Pakistan. The fund is currently used primarily to tackle natural calamities like floods, cyclones and earthquakes. The fund is also used to help with medical treatment like kidney transplantation, cancer treatment and acid attack.
  • The fund consists entirely of public contributions and does not get any budgetary support. It accepts voluntary contributions from Individuals, Organizations, Trusts, Companies and Institutions etc.
  • The corpus of the fund is also invested in various forms with scheduled commercial banks and other agencies. Disbursements are made with the approval of the Prime Minister.
  • The fund is recognized as a Trust under the Income Tax Act and the same is managed by the Prime Minister or multiple delegates for national causes.
  • Contributions towards PMNRF are notified for 100% deduction from taxable income under section 80(G) of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

What is the news?

  • 1.5 Lakh units of Oxycare Systems to be procured through PM CARES
  • PM-CARES Fund to procure 1,50,000 units of Oxycare System at a cost of Rs 322.5 Crore.
  • Comprehensive system developed by DRDO to regulate oxygen being administrated to patients based on the sensed values of their SpO2 levels.
  • DRDO has transferred the technology to multiple industries in India who will be producing the Oxycare Systems for use all across India.
  • Oxycare system reduces the work load and exposure of healthcare providers by eliminating the need of routine measurement and manual adjustments of Oxygen flow.

Source: PIB


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