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Meetings of the Inter Ministerial Group (IMG)

 

An Inter Ministerial Group (IMG) has been constituted to monitor and coordinate various issues concerning major steel investments in the country. The IMG is chaired by Secretary (Steel) with Secretaries of Department of Industrial Promotion and Policy, Mines, Environment and Forest, Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, Member (Traffic) – Railway Board and Chief Secretaries of concerned State Governments as its members. The IMG reviews and coordinates measures for early completion of the major steel capacities and addresses various problems concerning:

  1. Infrastructure constraints related to ports, rail, road network.
  2. Availability of iron ore and coal.
  3. Speedy environmental clearance for project site as well as for iron ore and coal mining activities.
  4. Availability of land, water resources and issues concerning rehabilitation.
  5. Any other item concerned with the major steel investments in the country.

IMG conducts review meetings periodically, both with the major steel investors as well as with the Central Ministries / Departments and the State Government concerned.

 
Quality Control Order on selected steel products
 
Steel Quality Control Orders to ensure making available 17 critical steel products of certified quality to consumers were issued during 2008. The order has since been revised subsequently whereby 10 products have been excluded.
 
Joint Consultative Mechanism with Railways
 
A Joint Consultative Mechanism has been constituted by the Ministry of Steel with representatives of the Ministry of Railways, the Ministry of Steel and the Steel Industry (both public and private sector) to address their increased infrastructure needs in line with the National Steel Policy as well as the rationalization of freight class for transportation of steel items and raw materials such as iron ore and limestone.
 
Consumer Council Meeting
 
A Forum of Steel Consumer Council to facilitate regular interaction of producers and consumers and redress the problems faced by the consumers relating to supply/availability of steel products and other related issues had been set up in the Ministry. The Meetings of Consumer Council were held in 2008-09, under the Chairmanship of the Steel Minister. The various issues affecting the consumers of Steel namely opening of new stockyards and monitoring of their working, monitoring of the trend of domestic steel prices, review of prevailing excise and import duties and availability of steel material, figured prominently in the meeting.
 
Encouraging Research & Development in the Iron & Steel Sector
 
Besides supplementing R&D initiatives and investments under the existing Empowered Committee Mechanism, the Ministry of Steel has evolved a new scheme to encourage R&D in the Iron & Steel sector during the 11th Five-year Plan. A new scheme named ‘Scheme for promotion of R&D in the Iron & Steel Sector’ has been launched with budgetary provision of Rs. 118 crore. The scheme will be implemented in the 2009-10.
 
Source: Ministry of Steel - Annual Report (2009-10)