More steps will be taken to pro­tect do­mes­tic steel in­dus­try: To­mar

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Union Min­is­ter Naren­dra Singh To­mar has said ad­di­tional steps will be taken to pro­tect do­mes­tic steel in­dus­try, which is fac­ing a bad patch, in the wake of cheap Chi­nese im­ported steel.

“China was try­ing to dump its cheap steel in In­dia and as a re­sult of it, the do­mes­tic steel in­dus­try was in dis­tress. To protest do­mes­tic in­dus­try, we en­hanced im­port duty and im­posed safe­guard duty. But th­ese steps were not enough and we will be tak­ing ad­di­tional steps in this re­gard”, To­mar, Min­is­ter for Steel and Mines, said at the In­dus­trial En­gi­neer­ing Expo 2016.

Ac­cord­ing to To­mar, his min­istry, along with the Fi­nance and Com­merce min­istries, is en­gaged in a di­a­logue to work out the steps that need to be taken for pro­tect­ing do­mes­tic steel in­dus­try in the near fu­ture.

“China is of­fer­ing steel at half price com­pared to do­mes­tic in­dus­try in In­dia. The way China is work­ing, it ap­pears (that) an eco­nomic war was on,” he said.

The Min­is­ter fur­ther said state run steel pro­duc­tion cen­tres are be­ing ex­panded and mod­ernised and four new steel plants were be­ing set up in Jhark­hand, Odisha, Ch­hat­tis­garh and Kar­nataka.

To­mar said the Cen­tre is also go­ing to set up 6 to 7 plas­tic parks across the coun­try. Mean­while, on the im­po­si­tion of Pres­i­dent’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh, he said that the Congress govern­ment in Arunachal Pradesh was re­duced to a mi­nor­ity and the law and or­der sit­u­a­tion be­came wor­ri­some in that state.

“In such a sit­u­a­tion, how could the (state) govern­ment rule,” he asked. The Min­is­ter also said this mat­ter (re­gard­ing im­po­si­tion of Pres­i­dent Rule in Arunachal Pradesh), was be­fore the apex Court and its de­ci­sion on it would be “supreme”.

Pres­i­dent Pranab Mukher­jee had ear­lier given assent to the Union Cab­i­net’s de­ci­sion to im­pose cen­tral rule in Arunachal Pradesh.

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