Make in India Current Affairs - 2020

ARPIT: Airborne Rescue Pod for Isolated Transportation by Indian Air Force

The Indian Air Force recently developed Airborne Rescue Pod for Isolated Transportation (ARPIT). The pod is to be used to evacuate critical patients that are suffering from COVID-19.

Highlights

The Indian Air Force identified the need for an air evacuation system that will prevent the spread of infectious aerosols from the COVID-19 patients during air travel. This has now been fulfilled by ARPIT.

The Indian Air Force has used indigenous materials to develop ARPIT. This has been done in the intention of boosting Make in India initiative. The IAF has spent Rs 60,000 to develop the system. The system is also light weight as it was made from aviation certified material.

About ARPIT

The ARPIT uses HEPA, High frequency Particulate Air H 13 filters to support invasive ventilation. The machine also holds monitoring instruments such as pulse oximeter, defibrillator and infusion pumps. It also has space for long arm gloves and power packs.

The Indian Air Force is inducting 7 ARPITs as of now.

GoI: Public procurement Norms modified

The Government of India recently modified public procurement norms. Under the new norms maximum preference is to be given to those goods and services that have 50% or more local content. This has been done to promote “Make in India”.

Highlights

The GoI recently issued the Public Procurement (Preference to Make in India), Order 2017. The new order has introduced Class-I, Class-II and non-local suppliers. The goods and services are to get preferences based on their classes.

Class I

The goods and service company that have domestic value addition of 50% and more have been classified under Class I. These goods and services will get the most preference in all government purchases.

Class II

The goods and service company whose value addition range is between 20% and 50% come under Class II supplier.

Non-local suppliers

The goods and service company that has less than 20% of domestic content in the products are classified as non-local suppliers. These companies cannot participate in most of the government tenders.

Background

In the earlier orders, local suppliers were those whose goods and services had a minimum of 50% of local content. Earlier, there was no categorization among the local suppliers. Local content is amount of value added to a product in India.