The Min­is­ter of Steel Chaud­hary Biren­der Singh

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The Min­is­ter of Steel Chaud­hary Biren­der Singh @ChBiren­derSingh speak­ing at the Na­tional Con­fer­ence on Sec­ondary Steel Pro­duc­ers said, “We in­tend to adopt the ‘Melt & Man­u­fac­ture’ Model of USA for in­creas­ing steel pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity. World­wide, mini-mills are be­com­ing pop­u­lar and we want to es­tab­lish such plants and mills in In­dia. This is cost-ef­fec­tive, en­vi­ron­ment-friendly and en­ergy ef­fi­cient.” Out­lin­ing the strate­gic roadmap for steel in­dus­try, Shri Biren­der Singh said acro­nym PRIDE is our guid­ing motto, where

• P is for pro­duc­tion and pro­duc­tiv­ity,

• R is for Re­search &

Devel­op­ment,

• I is for In­dian-made Steel,

• D is for de­mand in­crease and

• E is for Ex­cel­lence in Qual­ity of steel. These thrust ar­eas are as im­por­tant for sec­ondary steel pro­duc­ers, as these are for in­te­grated steel pro­duc­ers. Steel plants in sec­ondary sec­tor have many ad­van­tages like less land re­quire­ment, lower cap­i­tal in­vest­ment, bet­ter en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, prox­im­ity to users and less de­pen­dence on lo­gis­tics. The

Min­ster said that his min­istry want to pro­mote and en­cour­age growth of do­mes­tic steel in­dus­try and want that In­dian-made steel should be given pref­er­ence in govern­ment-funded projects. The Govern­ment have de­cided to in­sti­tute an award scheme for the Sec­ondary Steel Sec­tor units un­der var­i­ous cat­e­gories to recog­nise their con­tri­bu­tion in na­tion build­ing and award the best per­form­ers in these ar­eas so that they can be source of in­spi­ra­tion for other pro­duc­ers. An In­ter-Min­is­te­rial Task Force has been formed to ex­plore ways of in­creas­ing steel con­sump­tion. Whether it be Hous­ing, Ur­ban Devel­op­ment or Swachh Bharat Mis­sion, steel is in­te­gral to the sec­tors. Steel-in­ten­sive houses, pre-fab­ri­cated steel toi­lets and other units, bridges, com­mu­nity cen­tres, malls, smart city in­fra­struc­ture are few of the ex­am­ples where steel use is be­ing pro­moted, Shri Singh said. Sec­ondary steel sec­tor has played a crit­i­cal role in growth of In­dian steel in­dus­try and would con­tinue to do so. Sec­ondary Sec­tor pro­duces 58% of steel pro­duced in In­dia. Around 65% of steel long prod­ucts come from the sec­ondary sec­tor, which is quite sig­nif­i­cant. There are a large num­ber of Re-Rolling Mills, Cold Rolling Mills, Gal­vanis­ing & Colour Coat­ing units, which pro­duce value added steel prod­ucts. We are mov­ing to­wards 100 % Qual­ity Regime in In­dian Steel Sec­tor to make it in­ter­na­tion­ally com­pet­i­tive and for safe­guard­ing the health and safety of end-users, the min­is­ter added. “Sec­ondary steel play­ers do play a key role in in­creas­ing pro­duc­tion and en­hanc­ing con­sump­tion and your con­tri­bu­tion is as im­por­tant as in­te­grated steel pro­duc­ers. That is why we have or­gan­ised this Na­tional level con­fer­ence to un­der­stand your is­sues and con­cerns and seek your in­puts on pol­icy-mak­ing”, the Steel Min­is­ter em­pha­sised. The Min­istry of Steel @SteelMinIn­dia in as­so­ci­a­tion with Na­tional In­sti­tute of Sec­ondary Tech­nol­ogy (NISST) and Joint Plant com­mit­tee or­ga­nized one day Na­tional Con­fer­ence on Sec­ondary Steel Pro­duc­ers on the theme “Make in Steel for Make in In­dia” in New Delhi to­day. The Min­is­ter of Ur­ban Devel­op­ment, Ur­ban Hous­ing and Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion and In­for­ma­tion & Broad­cast­ing Shri M. Venka­iah Naidu @ MVenka­iahNaidu in­au­gu­rated the con­fer­ence. In­au­gu­rat­ing the na­tional con­fer­ence, the Min­is­ter of Ur­ban Devel­op­ment @Moud_In­dia, Hous­ing and Ur­ban Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion @MoHUPA and In­for­ma­tion & Broad­cast­ing @MIB_ In­dia, Shri M. Venka­iah Naidu said that @Moud_In­dia and @MoHUPA wel­come ideas for in­no­va­tive us­age of steel that will help bring down the over­all costs in hous­ing. He said, we would ex­plore con­struc­tion of steel-in­ten­sive low cost hous­ing and mod­u­lar toi­lets. Speak­ing at the vale­dic­tory ses­sion, the Union Min­is­ter of Road Trans­port, High­ways and Ship­ping @ MORTHIn­dia, Shri Nitin Gad­kari @ nit­in_­gad­kari said that crash bar­ri­ers have been made manda­tory for all high­ways. Steel con­sump­tion will def­i­nitely in­crease with sub­stan­tial in­crease in length of high­ways and more bridges. He asked Steel In­dus­try that they must carry out re­search and ex­plore in­ter­na­tion­ally for cost ef­fec­tive steel struc­tures like bridges and ports. Shri Nitin Gad­kari said, Steel com­pa­nies can think of hav­ing JVs for mak­ing steel bridges and struc­tures on turnkey ba­sis with in­no­va­tive de­signs. The Min­is­ter of State of Con­sumer Af­fairs, Food and Pub­lic Dis­tri­bu­tion Shri C.R. Chaud­hary @ cr­chaud­hary­mos and the Min­is­ter of State of Steel Shri Vishnu Deo Sai @vish­nud­sai and other dig­ni­taries also ad­dressed the del­e­gates. Shri C.R. Chaud­hary @cr­chaud­hary­mos said in his ad­dress that we have to use en­ergy ef­fi­cient tech­nol­ogy to match in­ter­na­tional stan­dards and for sus­tain­abil­ity. The Sec­re­tary Steel, Dr. Aruna Sharma ad­dress­ing the con­fer­ence said that #Se­condaryS­teel need to play a cru­cial role in sup­ply­ing crash bar­ri­ers and other qual­ity steel for end use. The fo­cus of the con­fer­ence was to de­lib­er­ate on the is­sues and con­cerns of the #se­condarys­teel sec­tor. The del­e­gates took part to re­solve their is­sues con­cern­ing avail­abil­ity of raw ma­te­ri­als, set­ting up of test­ing lab­o­ra­to­ries in clus­ters like Raipur and Bhi­wadi, is­sues re­lated to duty struc­ture on im­port steel scrap and R&D sce­nario for this sec­tor.

The Min­is­ter of Steel Chaud­hary Biren­der Singh

The Sec­re­tary Steel, Dr. Aruna Sharma

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