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Achievements of Steel Ministry during 3 Years of NDA Government

Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh Addresses Press Conference on Achievements of His Ministry during 3 Years of NDA Government 

SAIL & Arcelor Mittal would soon formalize the Joint Venture for production of automotive-grade steel: Shri Birender Singh 

New Delhi, May 23, 2017

Jyaistha 02, Saka 1939


The Union Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh addressed a press conference on achievements of the Steel Ministry during 3 Years of NDA Government in New Delhi today. He said that the Indian steel industry is at the cusp of another significant milestone by becoming the second largest stainless steel producer in the world, leaving behind Japan.


Chaudhary Birender Singh said that the steel sector is only an example of all-round development in India under PM Modi ji’s leadership.On 3rd May this year the Cabinet under Prime Minister Modi approved two policies of the steel ministry and we are working on their implementation. We are very confident that steel sector will become more vibrant and dynamic after the ‘National Steel Policy 2017’and ‘Policy for preference to domestically manufactured iron & steel products in government procurement’ becomes effective. The roadmap to implement the new policies will be finalized in the next six months to one year.


He described the last three years journey of steel industry as:

नज़र को बदलो, तो नज़ारे बदल जाते हैं,

सोच को बदलो, तो सितारे बदल जाते हैं,

कश्तियाँ बदलने की ज़रुरत नहीं,

दिशा को बदलो, तो किनारे बदल जाते हैं |

Speaking of the SPU REVIVAL, he said that the three Steel Processing Units, Jagdishpur in UP, Bettiah in Bihar and Kangra in Himachal Pradesh are going to be operationalized within the next one year. This involves an investment of Rs. 500 crores. These units will produce value-added products like crash barriers, black pipes, TMT bars or GC sheets. Special Purpose Vehicle Route has been adopted by the Government of India for creation of Greenfield steel capacity in May 2015. The Process for the same was initiated in four states of Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand and Karnataka.


Talking of Zero Waste Production, the Steel Minister said that a 120 MW power plant was inaugurated in April 2017 at RINL Vishakhapatnam using the waste gases of the steel plant. The Huge Fine dumps, waste slag, slime etc. from steel plants need to be utilized by using innovative techniques for Pelletisation of fines, slag-cement for slag towards a Clean & Green Steel Sector in India. The Ministry of Steel & UNDP have worked for energy conservation in 300 secondary steel units. Plans are to upscale to 1000 secondary steel units. This would reduce CO2 emissions, roughly equal to taking all passenger cars off Delhi’s roads, Chaudhary Singh added.


Shri Birender Singh said that Steel industry needs to go for a paradigm shift and move from semi-finished/crude steel to value-added steel. This will lead to better margins and improve competitiveness. “We are hopeful that SAIL & Arcelor Mittal would soon formalize the Joint Venture for production of automotive-grade steel. This will be a big step-forward under the Prime Minister’s Make in India Programme” Shri Singh added.


Enlisting new Schemes for Secondary Steel Producers in 2017-18, he said that the steel ministry will rate the ranking of Top-50 Secondary Steel/Smart Producers and awards will for best performing plants in secondary steel sector solely on the criterion of their products of BIS standards and cost effectiveness.


The Minister also announced the institution of Best Steel Structures Awards for best steel structures in PMAY (Rural and Urban),building projects, and roads made with steel reinforced cement concrete and other extraordinary structures using steel in abundance.


Chaudhary Birender Singh said that the GST regime is good for Steel Team as Goods & Services Tax Rates and Slabs for raw materials like iron ore, manganese, coal etc. is in the bracket of 5 %. Semi-finished and unfinished goods is in 18 % bracket. Steel industry will see a reduction in the input cost for steel making with the GST implementation.


The Minister of State in the Ministry of Steel Shri Vishnu Deo Sai, Dr. Aruna Sharma, Secretary Steel, and Senior Officials from the Ministry & the Steel PSUs were present on the occasion.


Pursuing a clear agenda of growth, the Ministry of Steel has had many firsts to its credit. In the year 2015, India became the third largest producer of steel in the world. Recent data shows that India is now looking at positioning itself as the second largest in the very near future.


In the last three years, there has been capacity addition at a steady CAGR of about 7%. There has also been an improvement in the overall capacity utilization.


India has emerged as a net exporter of steel in the year 2016-17, with 97% increase in overall exports and a 37% decline in imports of steel products over the same period in the previous year.

First time in the history of Steel making in India, the world witnessed a massive demand –supply gap post 2014. Overcapacity of 700 to 800 MTPA resulted in sudden fall in the global steel prices.

Aftermath of the increased imports was evident from the declining domestic steel prices, poor cash flows and the debt serviceability of the major steel producers in the country.

Indian Government protected the interests of domestic producers by notifying trade remedial measures like Minimum Import Price, Anti-Dumping Duty and Safeguard Duty.

The government also eased out financial re-structuring norms through RBI and Ministry of Finance.

In addition to these, many steps have also been taken to reduce input cost, replace imports & enhance domestic consumption. The government is also working to improve the domestic availability of iron ore, coking coal and natural gas.

The government’s focus on strengthening the steel sector inter-alia has been on ensuring

  • Ease of doing business
  • Developing New Products
  • Tackling over Capacity & Imports
  • Sustainable production of Steel
  • Ensuring affordable Raw Material Supply
  • Sustainable production of Steel
  • And demand generation

The Government has populated the three-year timeline with numerous initiatives that comprise steps like increase in Basic Custom Duty, notification of Quality Control Order for steel and steel products, policy on DMISP, National Steel Policy etc.

1st India – Commonwealth SME Trade Summit






 1st India – Commonwealth SME Trade Summit

30th & 31st May 2017

(agenda/schedule given below)



Hotel The Lalit

Barakhamba Avenue | Connaught Place

New Delhi





Dear Mr Sagar,


Greetings from India-Commonwealth SME Association (ICSA) and Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME), one of the founder members of ICSA.


We are pleased to inform you that after the successful launch of ICSA  in June 2016 all is set for the  1st India – Commonwealth SME Trade Summit to be held on 30th & 31st May 2017 at hotel The Lalit, Barakhamba Avenue, Connaught Place, New Delhi. The Summit is being organized by ICSA in partnership with Commonwealth Secretariat, Centre for WTO Studies; Ministry of Commerce & Industry; FISME, FICCI, CII, GBS-Africa; TPSF; COMESA LLPI and India Business Group, London.


The two day Summit is expected to be attended by more than 500 delegates, 100 SME Owners from 40 Commonwealth countries who will have B2B meetings with over 300 Indian SME counterparts. In addition, government officials, key dignitaries, media etc. would also be actively participating. The objective of the Summit is to promote trade & investments among SMEs of the Commonwealth countries. The focus sectors are:


Textiles & Clothing

Leather & Leather products


Gems & Jewellery

Agro Processed products

Information & Communication Technology

Low Tech Machineries & Mechanical Appliances



30th May 2017 (Day 1)

0900 hrs: Registration & Tea

0930 hrs: Opening Session

1020 hrs: Tea-Break

1100 hrs: Plenary Session – High level Policymakers Round Table on Opportunities in Intra-Commonwealth Trade

1300 hrs: Lunch

1400hrs:  B2B meetings

1400 hrs: Parallell session (to be held in a separate hall) on Technology

1400 hrs: Parallell session (to be held in a separate hall) on Innovation

1600 hrs: Tea-Break

1630 hrs: B2B meetings

1630 hrs: Parallell session (to be held in a separate hall) on Technology

1630 hrs: Parallell session (to be held in a separate hall) on Innovation

1800 hrs: End of Day 1


31st May 2017 (Day 2)

0930 hrs to 1000 hrs: Registration & Tea

1000 hrs: B2B meetings

1000 hrs: Parallell session (to be held in a separate hall) on Technology

1000 hrs: Parallell session (to be held in a separate hall) on Innovation

1230 hrs: Lunch

1400 hrs: Plenary Session – Global challenges faced by Commonwealth countries

1600 hrs: Tea

1630 hrs: Concluding Session

1730 hrs: End of Day 2/Summit

Manchester Arena terror attack

The death toll in Manchester Arena terror attack has risen to 22. Greater Manchester Police said, 59 people were also injured in the suicide attack which took place around 3 a.m Indian time today. The attacker also died while detonating the device. Witnesses said they heard two loud bangs, in the foyer area of Manchester Arena, after a pop concert by Ariana Grande. Manchester Victoria station, has been closed and all trains cancelled.

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said it was a barbaric attack, deliberately targeting some of the most vulnerable in our society. Relatives are using social media to hunt for missing loved ones, including children, caught up in the incident.

Earlier, British Prime Minister Theresa May said work is on to establish the full details. She added, all our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected. Downing Street said that the Prime Minister is to chair an emergency Cabinet Office briefing room meeting today following the blast.

Meanwhile, Britain’s political parties have agreed to suspend election campaigning until further notice following terror attack. Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, said that he had spoken to Prime Minister Theresa May and had agreed that all national campaigning for the June 8 election would be suspended. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has strongly condemned the attack. In a tweet, Mr Modi said he is pained by the attack and India’s thoughts are with the families of the deceased and prayers with the injured.

US says, it is closely monitoring the situation at the Manchester Arena in the UK. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said that it is working with foreign counterparts to obtain additional information on the blasts. The DHS said it stands ready to assist the UK in all ways necessary. The DHS also urged US citizens in the area to pay heed to the directions from the local authorities and maintain security awareness. Meanwhile, New York authorities have stepped up security at sensitive sites.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he has ordered additional patrols at high-profile locations including airports and the subway. Islamic State terror group supporters celebrated on social media after the blast although the group has not formally claimed responsibility. Some twitter messages described the attack as an act of revenge in response to air strikes in Iraq and Syria.

84 Stranded Migrants Returned from Yemen

 The UN Migration Agency (IOM) transported 84 stranded migrants from Al Hudaydah Port in Yemen to Djibouti on 21 May. Following a hiatus due to rough seas and security challenges, this was the first voluntary humanitarian return organized out of Yemen in two months.

Most were Ethiopian nationals. The group consisted of 29 unaccompanied migrant boys, seven women and 48 other vulnerable cases. Seven migrants had severe injuries; some were receiving medical care and temporary shelter from IOM in Sana’a, Yemen’s capital. As soon as they were well enough to travel, IOM transported the migrants by bus to Al Hudaydah earlier in the week.

Most of these migrants had intended to transit Yemen to reach Saudi Arabia but found themselves trapped in Yemen’s conflict. Many had their basic human rights violated by migrant smugglers and other criminal gangs. IOM coordinated a trip by Yemeni immigration officials to Al Hudaydah, where they met the migrants and completed the Government’s exit formalities.

After a full day’s travel by boat, IOM Djibouti received the passengers, provided temporary shelter, and started arranging emergency travel documents through local embassies. The IOM Djibouti team also began coordinating the final part of the journey – starting with their flights to Ethiopia.

IOM staff in Addis Ababa are on standby to provide post-arrival assistance at the airport, particularly for the most vulnerable persons, who may need longer-term reintegration support.

“Yemen is a country that has been ravaged by conflict, has collapsed public services and is now battling a cholera outbreak,” said Laurent de Boeck, IOM Yemen Chief of Mission. “Many of the migrants being helped this weekend were stranded and suffering in Yemen for months. Some had been held in government detention due to their irregular immigration status. All of the migrants are anxious to return home safely,” de Boeck explained.

Stranded migrants frequently reach out to IOM for immediate assistance, hoping for eventual safe passage home. Migrants who have been previously returned with IOM assistance tell their compatriots still stranded in Yemen to contact IOM for protection and assistance.

This latest movement, brings to 515 the total number of migrants in 2017 IOM has helped leave Yemen by sea, sailing from Al Hudaydah to Djibouti, and then onwards to their countries of origin where applicable. These operations are made possible with funding from the Federal Republic of Germany Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United States Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM). Cooperation from the Governments of Yemen, Djibouti and Ethiopia has helped to make the operations a success.

Citizens’ Review of 3rd year of NDA Government.

Media Invite


Citizens’ Review of 3rd year of NDA Government.


Promises & Reality


‘Citizens Report on 3rd Year of the NDA Government – 2017: Promises & Reality’ is a Civil Society initiative anchored by  Wada Na Todo Abhiyan (WNTA), a national platform of civil society organizations and individuals which focuses  on demanding governance accountability on its promise  to eliminate poverty, discrimination and social exclusion.


This report reviews the government’s promises and performance with special focus on the constitutional mandate, elimination of poverty and social exclusion. This report compiles the contributions civil society leaders, experts, activists, eminent citizens and people engaged with marginalized communities.


WNTA has been anchoring the civil society review of the performance of the government since 2005 of UPA I followed by annual reviews. WNTA also anchored the governance review of 9 years of UPA (I &II), 100 days of UPA II. The Civil Society also conducted the NDA Government’s Performance on the occasion of it completing 100 days on September 1, 2014. The Annual Review of the 1st Year was published on the 24th May 2015 and the second year review was published on May 23rd, 2016.


In the months leading up to the General Elections 2014, more than 16,00,000 citizens, from 250 parliamentary constituencies across 24 states, scripted the People’s Manifesto – a national agenda for development, rights, services, governance and accountability, through direct and indirect consultations. The demands, aspirations and needs of the people were shared with all political parties as inputs for their upcoming election manifestos. When the manifestos of various parties were published, WNTA undertook a comparative review of the commitments/promises of the political parties and the NDA government in particular on ‘Achhe Din’ (Good days) to the people and ‘Sab Ka Saath Sabka Vikas’ (Development for all and with all).


This Citizen’s Report on the NDA year 3 provides facts and reality bites on various issues of people’s concerns. It holds up  a mirror to the government on how peoples’  lives have been  impacted by the government’s policies and their implementation or non implementation over the past year. We hope this report contributes to strengthening governance accountability and towards deepening our democracy and development processes.


We will release the Citizens’ report in the presence of a large gathering of citizens and prominent civil society leaders and experts from across the country.


The event will be held at Dy Chairman Hall, Constitution Club of India, behind Reserve Bank of India, New Delhi-100011 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM on May 24th, 2017.


You are cordially invited to cover the event. A line of confirmation will be highly appreciated.


Thanking you for your kind cooperation

Democratisation through Participatory Action Planning in Yangon

CPR and CSH are pleased to invite you to a workshop on
Democratisation through Participatory Action Planning in Yangon
Banashree Banerjee
Tuesday, 30 May 2017, 3:45 p.m.
Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research
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The term ‘triple transition’ is often used to describe the rapid changes that are taking place in Myanmar in the last eight years. The switch to democratic governance, shift to a market economy and internal regional harmony followed in quick succession leading to rapid growth of the economy as well as cities, particularly Yangon. The Strategic Development Plan for Yangon Region estimates that the 2014 population of 5.7 million will double by 2040. Most of this growth is expected to be absorbed in the suburban townships, which are emerging as industrial, educational and service hubs and are home to the increasing population of migrant workers. The new government formed by the National League for Democracy recognises that planned development of these townships is important for the future of Yangon. It is also open to examining planning processes which are different from the top-down systems instituted by the previous military regime and which can lead to “democracy in practice”. It is in this context that IHS  (Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Rotterdam) has been asked by the Yangon City Development Committee to provide technical support and build capacity to put in place a process of township planning, within the overall framework of the Strategic Plan. The presentation discusses the opportunities and challenges in this and a practical way forward that is being piloted in 3 very different and diverse townships.

Banashree Banerjee is an urban planner, working as an independent consultant and also as an associate staff member of the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Rotterdam. In a career spanning more than three decades, the focus of her work has been on inclusive approaches to urban planning and management, particularly related to the poor. Her other interest is urban land management, in which she has considerable experience related to practice, research and teaching. Banashree has worked as a consultant on urban planning and poverty reduction projects supported by bilateral and international agencies in India, Egypt, Korea, Myanmar, Phillipines and Bangladesh. In the past Banashree has worked with Human Settlement Management Institute (HSMI) Delhi, in the Department of Town Planning of Kerala State and taught at Delhi School of Planning and Architecture. She has been providing technical support on urban issues to NGOs and has several publications to her credit. She has undertaken prestigious international assignments such as Panelist at the World Urban Forum 2010; Chairperson of the International Jury for the UN-HABITAT best Practices Awards; and working group member of the Global Commission for Legal Empowerment of the Poor. She is part of the International Expert Group on Land and Housing of UN-HABITAT and member of UN-ESCAP’s expert committee on SDG 6.