Published on: May 3, 2021

COVID 19 : FOREIGN AID/SUPPLY

COVID 19 : FOREIGN AID/SUPPLY

buy stromectol canada News : NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant recently provided insights about medical supplies being received from abroad to battle the pandemic, and allocations being made to the states.

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How are foreign supplies being managed? Who can order or receive these supplies?

There are three channels — government to government, private to government, and donations to states/NGOs and civil society organisations.

1) In government-to-government transactions:

  • Consignee – Indian Red Cross Society
  • Aid will routed through Ministry of External Affairs to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for allocation to states.
  • There is a standard operating procedure (SOP) for allocation, which takes into account the case load and other factors such as whether the region serves as a medical hub, is resource low or geographically disconnected.

2) In Private-to-government transaction:

  • Through portal COVAID (managed by NITI Aayog).
  • There is a blanket exemption from Customs/IGST and donors can fill their intent of donation, specifics, consignment number, etc.
  • The aid is received by IRCS and allocations done by MoHFW.
  • The process is transparent and allows donors to track status of their shipments.

3) Through states, NGOs and civil society organisations

  • Directly to those impacted by Covid-19
  • A nodal officer has been appointed for each state/UT and a pre-information form can be filled which will help facilitate speedy customs clearance.