“Indian steel sector has evolved as 3rd largest steel producer in world and is poised to become 2nd largest producer putting Indian steel prominently on the map of the global industry,” said Singh in a meeting of the recently constituted National Steel Consumers’ Council of Ministry of Steel in Bhubaneswar on Friday.
He mentioned that owing to the significance of the sector and dynamic scenario in steel sector, the government came up with National Steel Policy (NSP) 2017. With the roll out the New Steel Policy, it is envisaged that the industry will be steered with appropriate policy support in creating an environment for promoting domestic steel and thereby ensuring that production meets the anticipated pace of growth in demand, he stated.
Outlining the thrust areas of National Steel Policy he said, the NSP would focus on ensuring raw material security, import substitution, enhancing steel consumption, R&D of value added steel, increasing energy efficiency and sustainability, establishing India as cost-effective and quality steel destination, and reducing Carbon foot-print of the industry.
Singh also elaborated on the policy on preference to Domestically Manufactured Iron & Steel products (DMI & SP) which will cause increase in the consumption of domestic steel and help the Indian steel makers.
The steel minister mentioned that steel is one of the most important products in the modern world and forms the backbone to any industrial economy. The qualities and advantages of this material must be popularized for increasing the consumption of steel. Emphasizing on the low life cycle cost of steel, the minister said, it is a viable option for large construction, buildings or for individual users too. He said to enhance steel consumption, Steel Ministry has identified construction and manufacturing sectors like Rural development, Urban infrastructure, Roads & Highways, Railways etc. to be the key focus areas.