"It (National Steel Policy) is a very landmark policy which was brought in the year 2017. It envisions the steel capacity to be around 300 MT by 2030. Going by the present trend of growth both in terms of consumption, in terms of per capita growth...this could come even earlier," Steel Secretary Binoy Kumar said here.
The Cabinet had last year approved the National Steel Policy 2017 that envisages Rs 10 lakh crore investment to take capacity to 300 million tonnes by 2030-31.
"Now, for all this we require the mining sector to be aggravated. In this context I must say that NMDC must play its pivotal role," he said.
Kumar further said that in a bid to give a boost to the steel sector, the steel ministry feels that there should a special policy with regard to iron ore.
"In the steel ministry we do feel especially with regard to iron ore and some of the related minerals like chromite, manganese and such kind of metals, we would like to have special policy which helps our steel sector to grow," he said.
India, Kumar said, which is the third largest steel producing country, will soon be in the second position.
He further said the per capita consumption of steel though has risen to 69 kgs in the current year, it is still far behind the international consumption standard.
Hence, the steel industry has huge potential in the future, he added.
"The way we are building our infrastructure, our requirement for steel is expanding everyday....India is progressive and is looking to build capacities and 300 MT will be achieved quite soon," Jindal said.
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