Make in India Current Affairs - 2020

White Paper launched for Recommendations on Immediate Technology and Policy Impetus to Make India ATMANIRBHAR

At a virtual event, White Papers prepared by the Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) was launched by Dr. Harsh Vardhan (Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare) on 10th July 2020.

Focus of the launched White Paper

As the global supply chain is mitigating the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, this also has created a challenge for developed economies to re-position themselves and brought an opportunity for developing economies to position themselves in the Global Manufacturing Hub. By realizing this, India has set the target of achieving ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India)’ by adopting appropriate technology and policy reforms that will provide a thrust to the ‘Make in India’ initiative in the post-COVID-19 era.

The White Papers are on:

  • Focused Interventions for Make in India: Post COVID 19
  • Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients: Status, Issues, Technology Readiness and Challenges

Focused Interventions for Make in India: Post COVID-19

Under this, the focus has been made on 5 sectors of the Indian Economy: (i) Medical and Health (ii) Machinery and Manufacturing (iii) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) (iv) Electronics (v) Agriculture and Food Processing.

The strengths of each of the five sectors have been discussed by focusing on the current and post COVID-19 market trends and opportunities. Based on these, recommendations have been made for directing India towards Atmanirbhar Bharat by giving the required immediate technology and policy impetus.

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.


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.


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.