Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel, Dharmendra Pradhan has asked the steel industry in the country to work towards the mission of green steel. In his inaugural address in the ISA Steel Conclave 2019 organised by Indian Steel Association in New Delhi today, he said “As a responsible nation, we are contributing towards mitigating climate change. We have set an ambitious plan of achieving 450GW capacity of renewable energy. I appeal to the industry to work towards achieving the mission of “Green Steel”. Industry must deploy technology, innovation to develop environment friendly processes.”
The minister said that the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry has launched Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga project in the Eastern India, which can provide gas to all the Steel plants, located in the area. Being an environment-friendly and affordable fuel, the Steel industry should move towards it, replacing coal.
Emphasising the vital role of steel in building a modern economy, the minister said, “World is in midst of industrial revolution 4.0. Big data, digitisation, artificial intelligence are fundamentally changing the economy and society. Even in wake of such large-scale disruptions, steel continues to play an important role in building modern economy.”
On steel consumption in the country, Pradhan said: “Steel usage in India is set to rise. We have launched a collaborative campaign “Ispati Irada” for brand building to increase appropriate usage of steel in the country. Welfare missions of the Government will further give impetus to steel usage in the country.” He said that there is proposal to invest Rs 100 lakh crore in infrastructure, which will involve lot of steel consumption. He said that Indian economy is consumption-driven, and as the economy size increase, the steel consumption is going to get big impetus.
Speaking about India’s ambition to be a net exporter, he pointed out that, “There is no reason, why can’t we be net exporter in steel sector. For our nation to develop, we must promote domestic industry and be a net exporter of steel.” He said the Government is a facilitator, and it will continue to help the industry in overcoming various obstacles. He called the steel industry to promote localization, and do the hand-holding for the ancillary sector. He called upon the industry to think about pooling their resources and developing the common carrier facilities.
A report on the “Status of Indian Steel Industry” was released on the occasion.