Union Health Ministry formally announced that around 100 new hospitals are to have their own oxygen plant under the PM CARES Fund (Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund).

Plan

Central Government has sanctioned 162 Pressure Swing Adsorption Plants to manufacture oxygen. This is to make hospitals self sufficient in oxygen. Around 100 of these plants were sanctioned under PM CARES Fund. Health Ministry will identify 100 hospitals in far flung locations to sanction installation of Pressure Swing Adsorption plants.

Pressure Swing Adsorption

This technology is used to separate gas species from a mixture of gases under pressure. The plant operates at near ambient temperatures. It uses adsorbent materials such as activated carbon, zeolites and molecular sieves to adsorb the target gas.

Adsorption is the process in which a solid holds the molecules of gas or liquid.

About PM CARES Fund

It was set up to deal with any kind of emergency of distress situation like that of COVID-19. The Prime Minister of India is the chairman of the charitable trust of the fund. The other members of the trust include Home Minster, Defence Minister and Finance Minister.

The contributions to PM CARES fund will qualify CSR (Corporate Social Responsibilities). That is the contributions made towards PM CARES Fund is counted as CSR expenditure. Under the Companies Act of 2013, the companies with a minimum net worth between Rupees 500 crores and Rupees 1000 crores are required to spend at least 2 per cent of their average profit on CSR activities.

100 new hospitals get Oxygen Plant