On-Board Oxygen Generation Technology developed for Light Combat Aircraft Tejas, a 1000 litre per minute capacity oxygen generation plants technology, has been given to private industries to set up oxygen generation plants in fight against surging Covid 19, Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday was appraised during Covid preparedness meet with defence establishments. Uttar Pradesh government has placed order of five such plants with the private industry. This will meet the oxygen demand at hospitals to cure virus-affected people. Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held a meeting to review preparedness with ministry officials, armed forces, defence oragnisations amid Covid-19 cases spike on April 20. [caption id="attachment_549" align="alignnone" width="640"] Rajnath Singh reviewing preparedness of Ministry of Defence; Armed Forces amid spike in COVID-19 cases during a virtual meeting in New Delhi on April 20, 2021.[/caption] He also urged the Ordnance Factory Board, Public Sector Undertakings, and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to work on war footing to provide oxygen cylinders and extra beds to local administration at the earliest. Singh further said SpO2 (Blood Oxygen Saturation) based supplemental oxygen delivery system developed for soldiers posted at extreme high-altitude areas can be used for covid patients as their conditions become similar. The product, he said, will be available soon in the market from the industry as per technology provided by DRDO. A road map on how military infrastructure can be used in fight against Covid 19 amid the recent surge was deliberated upon during the meeting. The minister also delegated the emergency powers of procurement to defence establishments so that critical needs are procured. He called upon the Armed Forces to be in close contact with the state governments and be ready to provide any required assistance. He also suggested to utilise the services of vaccinated retired Armed Forces personnel to assist the civil administration/state governments to deal with the current situation. Singh also discussed ways to contain the spread of Covid-19 among the Armed Forces personnel and the officers and staff working in the ministry. He focused on Covid appropriate behavior at the work place, stressing on the need to strictly follow all the covid protocols such as wearing of masks at all times and maintaining physical distancing. The minister was briefed about the measures taken by Armed Forces Medical Services, DRDO, Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs), Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and other departments of Ministry of Defence such as National Cadet Corps (NCC) in providing aid to the civil administration in this hour of crisis. The minister was informed by DRDO Chairman that a Covid-19 facility, developed by DRDO, has again been made functional in New Delhi and efforts are being made to soon increase the number of beds from 250 to 500. He said, ESIC Hospital, which was converted to Covid hospital in Patna, has started functioning with 500 beds. He added that work is on war footing to set up a 450-bed hospital in Lucknow, 750-bed hospital in Varanasi and 900-bed hospital in Ahmedabad.