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With Japan as Partner Country, we will make Odisha the Nerve Centre of Purvodaya in Steel Sector :Dharmendra Pradhan

Bhubaneswar:28/2/20:Union Minister of   Steel and Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan participated in the workshop on “Enabling Procedures for Increase of Steel Usage for the Growth of Economy” at Bhubaneswar today. This workshop was organised by Ministry of Steel in partnership with Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Government of Japan and Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Pradhan said that with Japan as the partner country, he is looking forward to make Odisha, the nerve centre of Purvodaya in Steel sector. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given a clarion call for Mission Purvodaya, that is Eastern India driving the national growth and propelling India towards becoming a $5 trillion economy.

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Speaking about this initiative the minister said, “We are organising series of workshops to deliberate on how to increase steel usage in India. We have rightly chosen Japan as our partner country who will guide us for making Indian steel ecosystem bigger both in qualitative and quantitative terms.” Talking about Japan-Odisha connection, he said, “Japan and Odisha has age old association. The iconic Dhauli Stupa built with Japanese support is a link between the two civilisations. Today after few decades, we have again gathered here to rewrite history and write a new chapter in growth of steel sector in Odisha with Japanese collaboration.”

Referring to eastern India, Shri Pradhan said that the society of eastern India is aspirational– people are getting economically sound, their spending capacity is increasing. He further stated that eastern India will play a pivotal role in driving national economic growth and achieving PM Modi’s vision of making India a $5 trillion economy.”

Speaking about Odisha, the minister said, “Today, $5 billion infrastructure spending is being done only in Odisha in developing railways, roads, airports, pipelines, bridges etc. We have achieved 100% electrification in Odisha. 8 Cr new LPG connections have been given to the poorest of the poor. We have an ambitious plan to build next generation infra and boost economic growth.”

Highlighting the prospects of steel sector in Odisha, he said, “Today Odisha is the highest steel producing state in the country.  We are working to strengthen the steel ecosystem in Odisha. By 2030, Odisha’s steel production alone is set to cross 100 MTPA. Odisha is going to be the nerve centre of Mission Purvodaya in steel”. Shri Pradhan also informed that Kalinganagar will be the hub of the clusterization program involving entire eastern India. “Moving beyond just producing primary steel, we will create an ecosystem of ancilliary, value added products, capital goods with industry participation,” he added.

Speaking on the occasion H.E. Ambassador of Japan to India Mr. Satoshi Suzuki, said, “India is moving towards becoming a $5 trillion economy and it is the right time to share our experience with India. Japanese companies are increasingly collaborating with Indian companies. I am pleased to note that Japan and India have launched India Japan Steel Dialogue to ensure sustainable growth of steel sector. Demand for steel in India is set to grow.”

Speaking about contribution of Indian iron ore in Japanese economy, he said, “Our iron ore exports from India, particularly Odisha, helped Japan in becoming a leading economic power.”

Shri Prafulla Kumar Mallik, Minister of Steel and Mines, Govt. of Odisha, Ms. Rasika Chaube, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Steel, Govt. of India, Mr. Hemant Kumar, Principal Secretary (Industries), Govt. of Odisha, Mr. Anil Chaudhary, Chairman SAIL, Mr. T.V. Narendran, Managing Director, Tata Steel, Mr. Sanjay Sharma, CEO-India and China, Arcelor Mittal and other officials from Government and industry attended the workshop.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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