To tre­ble ca­pac­ity to 300 mn tonnes, pro­vide global heft, Steel Min­istry to hire ex­pert

Resource Digest - - NEWS -

Keen on mak­ing do­mes­tic steel in­dus­try glob­ally more com­pet­i­tive and ac­tu­al­is­ing the am­bi­tious tar­get of nearly tre­bling ca­pac­ity to 300 mil­lion tonne, steel min­is­ter Biren­der Singh will ap­point an ex­pert with the man­date to lay the road map for the sec­tor’s de­vel­op­ment. The ex­pert will pos­sess ex­cep­tional do­main knowl­edge and will be in­ducted ei­ther on full­time or part-time-ba­sis, Singh said. He/she would also ad­vise the min­istry on how to im­prove ef­fi­ciency of the sec­tor to bring it at par with the global lead­ers, he said.

Jin­dal Steel and Power’s chair­man Naveen Jin­dal said, “It is al­ways good to have a coun­sel of peo­ple hav­ing sound knowl­edge.” High­light­ing the need for such a per­son who can de­liver in the present sce­nario and speed up things for the min­istry, the min­is­ter said he was in talks with a po­ten­tial can­di­date for over two months now, but that per­son backed out cit­ing “over­seas as­sign­ment”. How­ever, he added that he still has a list of half a dozen names to con­sider and choose one from them. “I don’t know how to des­ig­nate the per­son — as an ad­vi­sor, con­sul­tant or some­thing else. The per­son would be ap­pointed as soon as we get one,” Singh said.

Other in­dus­try of­fi­cials said the min­is­ter might face such “hur­dles” to get a suit­able can­di­date in the com­ing days also as none would like to take on the bu­reau­cracy, who de­cides on the pol­icy mat­ter and “vir­tu­ally” runs the state-run firms even as they don’t have suf­fi­cient do­main knowl­edge. How­ever, they added if one is even­tu­ally ap­pointed, he/she must have ex­pe­ri­ence in work­ing in In­dian en­vi­ron­ment and be given a free hand to frame poli­cies that are con­ducive to the in­dus­try. “We need poli­cies that will fa­cil­i­tate us to grow fur­ther and will be help­ful for us,” an in­dus­try of­fi­cial said.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.