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Steel Minister Visits SAIL Units & Mines in Eastern India-Pitches for Mission Purvodaya

New Delhi, 14th August, 2019: Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon’ble Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel visited SAIL’s Bokaro Steel Plant, various mines under SAIL’s Raw Materials Division and SAIL’s research & development centre for iron and steel – RDCIS during his visit to Jharkhand. The operations in this Plant and Mines located in the eastern region are crucial to SAIL’s functioning. In tandem with the Country’s target of 300 MTPA steel production envisaged in the National Steel Policy – 2017, SAIL is gearing up to augment its capacity. These units will play a vital role in realizing this goal. SAIL meets its entire iron ore requirements from its captive mines and after expansion, these mines will play a greater role to fulfil the enhanced need for iron ore.

During his visit, Hon’ble Minister witnessed and took keen interest in the steel production process. He interacted with the workmen and while lauding them for their contribution, exhorted them to continue the good work. He stressed on the importance of team work and appealed to them to give highest priority to safety.Later in the afternoon, he held a meeting with senior officials of SAIL in which he reviewed the production performance, projects and CSR activities of the plant.

Shri Pradhan, stressing on Mission Purvodaya envisioned by Hon. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, underlined the importance of eastern region of the country in driving national growth. Shri Pradhan also visited different mines of Raw Materials Division (RMD) including Gua Ore Mines, Kiriburu Iron Ore Mines, Mehgahatuburu Iron Ore Mines, and Bolani Ores Mines. While visiting the mines Minister took keen interest in understanding the mines operation and management. Shri Pradhan also visited various CSR projects of SAIL around the mines area which included Eklavya Archery Academy, Suwan Chhatravaas and Kiran women empowerment centre. He interacted with the students and motivated them to excel in life. Shri Pradhan gave directions to officials for further development of the mines to ensure iron ore supply security for SAIL steel plants.