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Ministry of health and family
Ministry of health and family

There have been some media reports alleging that PSA plants installed in State of Chhattisgarh through PM CARES funds are not being maintained well. Such media reports are fallacious and ill-informed. They are not based on facts.

It is clarified that 122 PSA plants are being installed from various sources in the State of Chhattisgarh, of which 49 plants were installed and commissioned under PM CARES. After 1000 hours of running of the PSA plant, Zeolite, an absorbent material used in PSA plants to produce medical grade oxygen, needs to be replaced.  As per industry norms, the shelf life of Zeolite is 3-5 years and has to be replaced only after this period. The funds for this have been sanctioned by the State Government of Chhattisgarh.

Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has also been conducting regular weekly reviews and States/ UTs have been time and again urged to complete the installation and commission PSA plants being set up through their various sources.

State-CSR Foreign Aid PSU’s PM Cares Grand Total
Sanctioned Commissioned Sanctioned Commissioned Sanctioned Commissioned Sanctioned Commissioned Sanctioned Commissioned
64 33 5 5 4 4 49 49 122 91


All these PM CARES plants come under standard 1 year of warranty for DRDO plants, 5 years for HLL Infra Tech Services Limited (HITES)* and 10 years for Central Medical Services Society (CMSS)*.

PSA Agency-Wise Progress
Sanctioned Sanctioned Sanctioned Total Commissioned
41 4 4 49


* HITES and CMSS including AMC & CAMC


As part of MoHFW weekly review, 13 plants out of 49 were not functional because of site issues or vendor issues which has been already shared with States/Agencies. Details as below:

# District Name of the Hospital Bed Capacity Plant Capacity (in LPM) Agency Allocated Technical Issues (1) Explain the issue in detail* (1) Issue Type
1 Balrampur District Hospital Balrampur 100 1000 DRDO Others The plant automatically shuts down after 1000 hours of operation. I have spoken to the plant engineer, he said it needs servicing. Site Issue
2 Dhamtari District Hospital Dhamatri 88 1000 DRDO Others The given contact details is wrong Site Issue
3 Jashpur Community Health Centre Farsabahar 30 250 DRDO MGPS issue Pipeline work is still not completed, its under progress. Site Issue
4 Kondagaon District Hospital Kondagaon 200 500 DRDO Electrical Issue Required 100 KVA transformer for the plant. Site Issue
5 Mahasamund Medical college hospital Mahasamund 300 1000 HITES Electrical Issue Transformer required. Site Issue
6 Raigarh CHC Chaple 400 500 DRDO Compressor/stabilizer issue There is some issue with the compressor. Vendor Issue
7 Raigarh MCH DCH Raigarh 100 1000 HITES Compressor/stabilizer issue Compressor is still not working. Vendor Issue
8 Raipur BR Ambedkar Hospital Medical College 1280 1000 DRDO PSA Component Missing/Broken Air filter breakdown. Vendor Issue
9 Raipur District Hospital Pandri 100 1000 DRDO Purity Issue They get 97 % purity,need to recalliber the plant. Vendor Issue
10 Raipur AIIMS Raipur 750 1000 DRDO PSA Component Missing/Broken When the pressure is low and high the alarm does not indicate. Vendor Issue
11 Rajnandgaon Maternal Child Health Wing Dongargaon 50 250 DRDO Purity Issue Purity is less than 60% Vendor Issue
12 Surajpur District Hospital Surajpur 100 500 DRDO Purity Issue The purity level is not reaching upto the mark. Vendor Issue
13 Surguja MCH Udaipur 50 250 DRDO Site issue Civil work not completed yet (Boundary wall not built) Site Issue




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