Amitabh Kant-led empowered group has tied up with entrepreneurs globally to better leverage their new innovative and low cost technologies in India’s fight against COVID-19.
“The empowered group-6 and NITI Aayog have extensively engaged with Indian startups, startups of Indians in the US and other countries to better leverage their new innovative, low cost designs, applications, and equipments by linking them up with big industry platforms,” the empowered group said in a statement on Monday.
The empowered group 6 includes Vijayaraghavan, PSA, Kamal Kishore (member, NDMA); Sandeep Mohan Bhatnagar (member, CBIC); Anil Malik (AS, MHA); VikramDoraiswami, (AS, MEA); P. Harish (AS, MEA); Gopal Baglay (JS, PMO); Aishvarya Singh (DS, PMO); Tina Soni (DS, Cabinet Secretariat). The group has extensively engaged with CSOs, NGOs, development partners, UN agencies, industry associations in over 15 meetings since it was set up.
According to the empowered group, there are examples of startups developing robots deployed at entrance of office buildings and public places to dispense hand sanitizer, deliver public health messages about the virus, to carry food and medicines in isolation wards of hospitals.
Besides, apps have been launched offering online consultation with doctors and tests at home.
“Startups incubated in IIT Kanpur and IIT Hyderabad are developing low- cost, easy-to-use, and portable ventilators that can be deployed even in rural areas of India,” it said, in some states drones are being used to monitor social distancing.
The statement said industry bodies are playing a critical role by offering platforms for integrating efforts between universities, industries, startups, and the government, in response to Covid-19.
The Confederation of Indian Industry is working with the office of principal scientific adviser and have already received 28 innovative design and solution of ventilators from start-ups of IIT Kanpur, IIT Madras, IIT Delhi, IISc Bangalore, EDC Pune.
“By way of leveraging technology, CII itself have developed an online COVID-19 critical care essential items – demand and supply connect platform that matches buyers with suppliers and manufacturers,” it said.
The group has succeeded in galvanising a network of 92,000 CSOs/NGOs to harness their strengths and resources, expertise in key social sectors like nutrition, health, sanitation, education, and extensive reach in the community.
Besides, the group has mobilised various UN agencies and facilitated them in creating timely response action plans in coordination with various states and line ministries through intensive collaboration with the UN Resident Coordinator for India, and country heads of WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP, ILO, UN Women, UN-Habitat, FAO, World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.