Bhubaneswar: Union Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today participated in a workshop on “Enabling Procedures for Increase of Steel Usage for the Growth of Economy” here and said that with Japan as the partner country, he is looking forward to make Odisha the nerve centre of Purvodaya in steel sector.
“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,” said Pradhan.
Talking about Japan-Odisha connection, he said, “Japan and Odisha have 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.”
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”.
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 ancillary, value added products, capital goods with industry participation,” he added.
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).