India produced over 60 million PPE, 150 million N95 masks in 7 months

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Union Minister for Women & Child Development and Textiles, Smriti Irani delivering the keynote address at a Webinar on 'A Movement Towards Atmanirbhar Bharat-Competitiveness and Manufacturing of PPE'. Photo: ANI

New Delhi: India produced over 60 million personal protective equipment (PPE) and 150 million N95 masks in just seven months, said Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani while addressing a programme on Aatmanirbhar Bharat via videoconferencing on Friday.

“India produced over 60 million PPE and 150 million N95 masks from March to October. We have exported over 20 million PPE suits and 40 million masks so far,” she said.

Irani added till March, India didn’t have any company producing the PPE suits, and today we have more than 11,000 companies making the protective gears. “Similarly, from the two companies making the N95 masks in March, today we have over 200.”