The Union Ministry of Steel on 28 January 2019 announced to set up the ‘Safety Directorate’. The decision, regarding the same, was taken during the Consultative Committee Meeting of the Ministry in Goa. The meeting was chaired by Union Minister of Steel, Chaudhary Birender Singh.
The Iron and Steel production is a complex and hazardous activity. The production of steel needs prevention of injuries and accidents, and provision of a healthy working environment against all possible hazards and risks. Considering that safety is an important aspect in the functioning of any industry, the Ministry came to the agreement to form the Safety Directorate.
During the meeting, the Ministry discussed various issues including mining activities of CPSEs under Steel ministry and safety in steel plants. The Safety Directorate will oversee the safety standards in the steel industry.
1. It seeks to increase consumption of steel and major segments are infrastructure, automobiles, and housing. It also seeks to increase per capita steel consumption to the level of 160 Kgs by 2030 from existing level of around 60 Kg.
2. The National Steel Policy 2017 aims to achieve 300 million tonnes of steel-making capacity by 2030.
3. It stipulates that adoption of energy efficient technologies in the MSME steel sector will be encouraged to improve the overall productivity and reduce energy intensity.
4. The Union Ministry through policy measures will ensure the availability of raw materials like iron ore, coking coal, and non-coking coal, natural gas and more at competitive rates.
5. Steel Ministry will facilitate research and development in the sector through the establishment of Steel Research and Technology Mission of India (SRTMI).