The output in January this year was lower 0.2 per cent month-on-month.
The report by Joint Plant Committee (JPC) under the steel ministry further said overall production for sale of total finished steel in January 2018 was at 9.54 MT, up 5.7 per from the year-ago period.
During April-January 2017-18, production for sale of total finished steel stood at 88.59 MT, up 5.3 per from the year-ago period, it said.
The overall hot metal production in January 2018 (5.74 MT) was up 6.2 per cent year-on-year and higher 0.6 per cent month-on-month.
During April-January 2017-18, hot metal production was 55.21 MT, a growth of 2.1 per cent over the same period of last year.
The country is now aiming to grab the second spot, overtaking Japan.
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