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Union Steel Ministry announces to set up Safety Directorate

The decision, regarding the same, was taken during the Consultative Committee Meeting of the Ministry in Goa. The meeting was chaired by Union Minister of Steel, Chaudhary Birender Singh.

Jan 29, 2019 17:41 IST
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The Union Ministry of Steel on January 28, 2019 announced to set up the 'Safety Directorate'.

The decision, regarding the same, was taken during the Consultative Committee Meeting of the Ministry in Goa. The meeting was chaired by Union Minister of Steel, Chaudhary Birender Singh.

During the meeting, the Ministry discussed various issues including mining activities of CPSEs under Steel ministry and safety in steel plants.

The Safety Directorate will oversee the safety standards in steel industry.

Reason behind setting up of Safety Directorate

The Iron and Steel production is a complex and hazardous activity. The production of steel needs prevention of injuries and accidents, and provision of a healthy working environment against all possible hazards and risks.

Considering that safety is an important aspect in functioning of any industry, the Ministry came to agreement to form the Safety Directorate.

Ministry plans to draft National Scrap Policy

The Ministry has also planned to draft the 'National Scrap Policy'.

The Policy is expected to make available nearly 7 MT scrap in the country. Presently, the requirement of scrap is around 8.3 MT and most of it is met with scrap imports. The steel produced out of scrap is of good quality and is environment friendly.

National Steel Policy 2017

• The National Steel Policy 2017 aims to achieve 300 million tonnes of steel-making capacity by 2030.

• It seeks to increase consumption of steel and major segments are infrastructure, automobiles and housing. It also seeks to increase per capita steel consumption to the level of 160 Kgs by 2030 from existing level of around 60 Kg.

• It stipulates that adoption of energy efficient technologies in the MSME steel sector will be encouraged to improve the overall productivity and reduce energy intensity.

• Steel Ministry will facilitate research and development in the sector through the establishment of Steel Research and Technology Mission of India (SRTMI).

• The Union Ministry through policy measures will ensure availability of raw materials like iron ore, coking coal and non-coking coal, natural gas and more at competitive rates.

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