Bhubaneswar: Delegates of Indian Steel Association (ISA) today met the Chief Secretary of Odisha, Mr. Gokul Chandra Pati at Odisha Secretariat and presented him current challenges experienced by the Odisha Steel Industry and solicited the support of the Government to resolve the challenges through appropriate administrative / legislative measures. The delegation comprised of Managing Director of Tata Steel Mr. TV Narendran, Chairman of Jindal Steel & Power Ltd Mr. Naveen Jindal, Secretary General of Indian Steel Association Mr. Sanak Mishra, Advisor of MESCO Steel Mr. Priyabrat Patnaik, CEO of Essar Steel Odisha Projects Mr. RK Mittal, Executive Director of Jindal Steel & Power Ltd Mr. Manish Kharbanda, Resident Director of Jindal Stainless Mr. Rajdeep Mohanty, Head of Corporate Affairs of Bhusan Power & Steel Ltd Mr. PK Mishra, Head of Corporate Affairs of Bhusan Steel Ltd Mr. S. Kapoor and Mr. Vineet Mehra.
The challenges presented by the delegation were:
The Steel Industry is going through a rough patch with all the major players incurring major losses and Handholding from the Government of Odisha was requested.
1. Iron Ore & Chrome availability was very low, leading to very high prices. This is not supporting the domestic steel industry. ISA members requested for support for
• Iron Ore Production by Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) and merchant miners should be enhanced.
• Consideration for keeping low DMF to lessen the burden on Steel Industry
• OMC should allocate iron ore & chrome to MoU signed steel plants on priority basis.
2. Initiative taken by the govt for E-Auction of Road Transportation Contracts would rationalize the transportation rates and make Odisha Steel Producers more competitive
• Cartelization efforts for road transportation should be effectively handled to bring overall logistics costs to realistic levels. Firm steps requested from the Government.
3. Water charges should be as per actual usage not as per allocation. The proposed one time infrastructure charge of Rs. 2.5 Crores per Cusec should not be loaded on the Industry.
4. State Government through GRIDCO should support captive power plant in terms of timely payment
5. Expedite approvals through project monitoring so that enabling provisions being attempted by industry like slurry pipeline, beneficiation plants, private ports, railway sidings, water pipeline etc are approved in a timely fashion by various government departments.
“I am happy to be part of the first meeting of the Indian Steel Association with the Government of Odisha at the level of Chief Secretary. The member steel companies have invested more than Rs. 2 lakh Crores in the, state generating about two lakh employment and have consistent contribution to the growth of the state. The issues discussed with the Chief Secretary have seized his attention and we are hopeful of immediate and sustainable solutions,” said Mr. Naveen Jindal, Chairman of JSPL after the meeting.
“During the next meeting issue wise discussions with the government will be taken up at the highest level and I am confident that the Odisha steel industry would become stronger,” added Mr. TV Narendran, Managing Director of Tata Steel.
The Secretary General of Indian Steel Association and former MD of Rourkela Steel Plant expressed a strong note of optimism over the outcome of the meeting and said that the Indian Steel Association will remain in constant touch with the Government to update the developments and to make the partnership of steel industries and the Government more vibrant.
During the meeting, the Chief Secretary Mr. Gokul Chandra Pati informed that during auction of non-coal blocks, the State Government has been considering for giving preference to state based steel industry, which has already made substantial investment and generated employment in the state. Government is also actively considering for giving right of way for laying underground water pipeline / slurry pipeline to expedite project work.
Indian Steel Association has been formed by major public and private sector steel producers of India. All the eight integrated Steel producers of the country, those with a production capacity of 2 million tons and above are members of this Association.