Minister of Steel & Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan addressed the webinar on “Making Eastern India a Manufacturing Hub with respect to metallurgical industries”, organised by Indian Institute of Metals. The Webinar was attended by the experts from the metals sector, officials of Ministry of Steel, and state government representatives.
Pradhan, speaking on the occasion, said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is working on the mission to bring eastern India at par with other developed regions of the country. With a skilled human capital, abundance of natural resources and an aspirational population, eastern India is poised to create a tech-enabled manufacturing ecosystem. He said that very few nations are blessed with the abundance of natural resources as much as eastern India is. He spoke in detail about the Mission Purvodaya launched also in the steel sector and its potential to spur a new era of development in the eastern India. He also spoke about efforts made by the Government of India in giving boost to logistical infrastructure in the eastern India including inland waterways. Pradhan spoke about the rich heritage of architecture, maritime economy and also industrial development in eastern India and said that time has come to reclaim that glory.
Speaking about sustainable development, the minister said that development and ecology can co-exist. He spoke about the leadership provided by PM Modi in moving towards a greener future for the world. He said that Governments need to promote industrial development along with sustainable development and policies have to be more people, business and environment friendly. He called upon Indian Institute of Metals to help create greener, cleaner and thus more sustainable products around ‘green steel’.
Speaking about Industrial Revolution 4.0, he said that we must seize the opportunity and create new, innovative and sustainable business models.