India, March 26 -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the Central government ministries to look for innovative ways of using their resources for manufacturing medical equipment and scaling up their production to deal with the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, according to officials aware of the matter.

Using state-owned facilities and production units for boosting the manufacturing of the equipment and setting up quarantine facilities were discussed at the Cabinet meeting Modi chaired on Wednesday.

Officials said the railways' ministry is planning to convert coaches into isolation wards and has begun work on using locomotive production units to manufacture medical equipment. "There is a plan of using a vast pool of non-AC coaches for s...