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India’s Steel Makers: New policy for Domestic Steel Sector plans to treble India’s steel production capacity by 2030

"The National Steel policy will ensure high quality steel production, boost domestic consumption and create a globally competitive steel industry," Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

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Mumbai, May 4, 2017: The cabinet passed a new policy for domestic steel sector on Wednesday and aims to increase steel production three times to reach the mark of 300 million tonnes by 2030. Earlier in

To protect the industry from cheaper imports, earlier in 2016, the government has taken few protectionist steps for this sector by introducing Minimum Import Duty (MIP) to protect domestic market from cheaper steel imports.

The latest policy focuses on increasing steel production by three times of the current production. However, it is not quite clear in the policy as to how the set targets will be achieved. But the policy definitely puts the major steel manufacturers like JSPl, JSW in a sweet spot towards growth as the demand can rise to 5-6 percent in the current year. The overall infrastructure of the country is also supposed to see a high as one of the main objectives of this policy, mentioned livemint.com report.

Abhisar Jain, an analyst at Centrum Broking Pvt. Ltd says “Per se, it (the policy) is positive for the steel sector and from point of view of infrastructure creation that the government aspires for in the period.”

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According to Jain, the policy also seems to increase the per capita consumption of steel to 160 kgs as against current consumption of 60 kgs, highlighting the fact that the government aims at promoting steel industry in domestic as well as housing arena.

However, how the policy will be implemented will decide the ultimate impact of this policy.
Here it is pertinent to be noted that earlier the steel production had been rising at a rate of 55 million tonnes every year and the current set targets are quite high as compared.

Hence, there are speculations whether the new targets will be realised or not. However, the Steel Producers of the nation along with Indian PM seem quite optimistic.

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“The National Steel policy will ensure high-quality steel production, boost domestic consumption and create a globally competitive steel industry,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted. Uppal said to livemint.com, JSPL is commissioning a 6 million tonne steel plant in Angul, Odisha, in a few weeks. “We now feel more confident that the government is backing up the industry.”

“There is a lot of headroom for us to grow because steel consumption in India is 60 kg compared with the global average of 210 kg… For achieving 160 kg the current capacity is inadequate and the government is taking a two-pronged action—one is stimulating growth of demand and other is backing it up with adequate supply… If everything comes from China and Korea we will miss the opportunity of growing our own steel industry,” Uppal said.

– prepared by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram, Twitter: @NikitaTayal6 

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Oli Assures Modi, Nepal’s Territory Won’t Be Used Against India’s Interests

After assuming office in February, Oli made his first foreign visit to India in April.

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Gokhale said that Modi's two-day visit to Nepal was aimed to strengthen bilateral relations
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Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli has told his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi that Nepal’s territory will not be used against New Delhi’s interests, Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said here on Saturday.

“Oli reiterated that they will be sensitive to our concerns and their territory will not be allowed to be used by anybody against India. Prime Minister Modi reciprocated the sentiments,” Gokhale told the media.

Gokhale called Oli’s view “very significant”.

There was a chill in India-Nepal ties during Oli’s earlier stint as Prime Minister between October 2015 and August 2016 when a border blockade blamed on New Delhi crippled Nepal’s economy.

There were also perceptions that Oli was leaning towards China than India.

Gokhale said that Modi’s two-day visit to Nepal was aimed to strengthen bilateral relations “whether it be cross-border electricity or cross-border connectivity”.

“We are looking into cross-border electricity and cross-border connectivity not only with Nepal but other neighbouring countries as well,” he said.

After assuming office in February, Oli made his first foreign visit to India in April.

Stating that India welcomed the restoration of democracy in Nepal, Gokhale said that both the government and the opposition in the Himalayan nation were parties to it.

He said both sides agreed to be committed towards the stated projects. “We will address this within a set timeline.”

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi stressed on the importance of service to others in his last Mann Ki Baat edition for 2017.
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According to Gokhale, Oli confirmed to Modi that Nepal will host the the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) summit this year.

Bimstec comprises seven countries lying in the littoral and adjacent areas of the Bay of Bengal — Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Gokhale also said that Modi’s visits to cultural sites in Nepal “suggested that there should be strong people-to-people ties”.

Apart from offering prayers at temples in Nepal, the Indian leader inaugurated the Janakpur-Ayodhya bus service, a 900 MW hydropower project and announced Rs 100-crore aid to develop Janakpur city.

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He also held extensive discussions with Oli, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and other government officials to better bilateral ties after which he said: “All misunderstandings with Nepal are over.”

Modi also met leaders of opposition parties, starting with former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and other members of the Nepali Congress.

He exchanged views on strengthening bilateral ties with former Prime Minister and Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”. (IANS)