Steel to remain priority sector for NDA Govt: Pradhan

New Delhi, Jun 02 (PTI):
Terming steel as a strong pillar for development, Dharmendra Pradhan, who took charge of the ministry, said it will remain a priority sector for the government. He has succeeded Chaudhary Birender Singh as the steel minister.
Pradhan, 50, who took charge as the Union minister for the second term, will continue to be the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas. He is joined by Minister of State for Steel, Faggan Singh Kulaste.
“I have been given the duty to look after the steel sector by Prime Minister Narendra Modi which I will fulfil with responsibility. Steel is a strong pillar of development. We have to take this pillar to new heights,” Pradhan said.
He further said that a lot has already been done by his predecessors Chaudhary Birender Singh and Narendra Singh Tomar for the sector and steel will remain a priority sector of the government.
In 2017, the National Steel Policy was launched to ramp up the country’s steel-making capacity to 300 million tonne by 2030-31 and another policy was launched which gives priority to the domestically manufactured steel in government projects. Son of a former Union Minister of State for Surface Transport Debendra Pradhan, Dharmendra is a member of the Rajya Sabha. After assuming charge Dharmendra Pradhan was briefed by Secretary Steel regarding the various aspects of the steel sector. Speaking to reporters while assuming charge Steel Minister said that the steel sector is plays a very important part in the growth of our economy and symbolises strength of the manufacturing sector. He further said that he will strive to achieve all the goals of the National Steel Policy after understanding the intricacies of the sector.

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