To ensure a consecutive supply of ore to industry-leading to safeguard the employment and State revenues, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reiterated improvements in the minerals sector.
Steel and Mines Department Minister Prafulla Mallick, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy, Union Coal Secretary Anil Kumar Jain, Development Commissioner Suresh Chandra Mahapatra, Secretary to CM (5T) VK Pandian, and OMC MD Vineel Krishna also attended the meeting.
During the video conferencing meeting with the union Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi and Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, CM proposed these issues concerning disturbances and contingencies in production and dispatch are unacceptable, especially during the pandemic time. Shortages of ore and resultant high prices have feigned a challenge for the Sponge Iron plants, Small and Medium-size Steel plants. This has hit the revenues of the State and the employment of the people dependent on the sector.
With the severe problems, CM suggested that both the Central and State Public Sector undertaking can play a significant role in maintaining the supply of core to the end-user industries at such critical moments. Their involvement will also further help make a steady supply at reasonable prices and go a long way in alleviating the MSME constraints.
CM Patnaik also proposed reservation of some of these expired working mineral blocks under provisions of section 17A of the MMDR Act to State PSUs like OMC to ensure an uninterrupted supply of ore to the end-user industry. Along with that, he requested the Union Government for an early decision on the issues discussed as the revenues of the State and employment of the people at large are involved.
Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty
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