Union Minister of Steel and Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan said that with Japan as the partner country, he is looking forward to making Odisha, the nerve centre of Purvodaya in the steel sector. Prime Minister 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, he said.
He was participating in a workshop on “Enabling Procedures for Increase of Steel Usage for the Growth of Economy” in the state capital on Friday. It was organised by the Ministry of Steel, in partnership with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Government of Japan and Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).
“We are organising a series of workshops to deliberate on how to increase steel usage in India. We have rightly chosen Japan as our partner country. It will guide us to make the Indian steel ecosystem bigger both in qualitative and quantitative terms,” said the minister.
Highlighting the prospects of the 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.”
He also informed that Kalinganagar will be the hub of the clusterisation programme involving the 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.