India keen to partner with Japan in Mission Purvodaya: Steel Minister Pradhan

New Delhi: Union Minister for Steel and Petroleum & Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan, met the Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, along with the Ambassador of Japan to India, Satoshi Suzuki, in Bhubaneswar, yesterday. Avenues for collaboration, particularly in the steel sector were discussed. Pradhan, during his discussion with the Japanese Ambassador in Delhi, had invited him to Odisha, to explore immense opportunities which exist in the state in the steel sector.

Pradhan said, “The Government of India is keen to have Japan as a partner country in Mission Purvodaya envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure the development of Eastern India. Japanese investments and technology flow can create a win-win for all stakeholders, generate large scale employment and script a better future for people of Odisha.”

Speaking about Odisha’s potential, Pradhan said, “With the abundance of raw materials, strategic geographical location and strong and developing connectivity, Odisha is well poised to be the heart of this eastern steel hub. In Odisha, Kalinganagar will be developed as the epicentre of Mission Purvodaya. Working together with the Odisha Government, central ministries and industry, the Steel Ministry aims to make Kalinganagar, a vibrant hotspot of the global steel industry.”

Mission Purvodaya in steel sector envisions to create an integrated steel hub in Eastern India. More than 75% of India’s envisioned incremental steel capacity will come from eastern India, with Odisha alone crossing 100 MTPA.

There is immense scope for growth in high-grade steel, downstream sector, ancillaries, capital goods and cluster development. Japanese technological expertise, investments will further strengthen the steel sector in Odisha and drive socio-economic growth.

The Ministry of Steel in association with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Government of Japan and Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) is organizing a workshop on ‘Enabling Procedures for Increase of Steel usage for the Growth of Economy’ on 28 February in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Dharmendra Pradhan will be the chief guest at this event.

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