25 March 2020
New Delhi: The Ministry of Textile has set up an emergency control office in within the ministry itself to monitor and facilitate supply of materials needed to make masks to deal with coronavirus outbreak.
A nodal officer has also been appointed to oversee production and supply of N-95 masks, body coveralls and meltblown fabrics. All of them are pivotal in India's fight against COVID-19.
Under the aegis of P.L. Kataria, Special Secretary, five officers from the ministry are made part of the emergency panel. They are: Joint Secretary Nihar Ranjan Dash, Directors H.K. Nanda and Balram Kumar and Deputy Secretaries Pankaj Singh and Padmapani Bora.
Apart from them, three officials are also appointed to take stock of the ground situation.
This comes a day after India went into a 21-day nationwide lockdown to prevent any further spread of the deadly virus.