The new steel policy enshrines the long term vision of the Government to give impetus to the steel sector. It seeks to enhance domestic steel consumption and ensure high quality steel production and create a technologically advanced and globally competitive steel industry.
The key features of the NSP 2017 are: Create self-sufficiency in steel production by providing policy support & guidance to private manufacturers, MSME steel producers, CPSEs; encourage adequate capacity additions; development of globally competitive steel manufacturing capabilities; cost-efficient production; domestic availability of iron ore, coking coal & natural gas; facilitating foreign investment; asset acquisitions of raw materials; and, enhancing the domestic steel demand. The policy projects crude steel capacity of 300 million tonnes (MT), production of 255 MT and a robust finished steel per capita consumption of 158 Kgs by 2030 – 31, as against the current consumption of 61 Kgs. The policy also envisages to domestically meet the entire demand of high grade automotive steel, electrical steel, special steels and alloys for strategic applications and increase domestic availability of washed coking coal so as to reduce import dependence on coking coal from about 85% to around 65% by 2030-31.