Measures To Develop SAIL and Its Allied Organisations



Measures To Develop SAIL and Its Allied Organisations
The Minister of State for Mines and Steel Shri Vishnu Deo Sai informed the Rajya Sabha today in reply to a question that Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) has undertaken modernization and expansion of its five integrated steel plants at Bhilai, Bokaro, Rourkela, Durgapur & Burnpur and special steel plant at Salem to enhance its crude steel production capacity from 12.8 MTPA to 21.4 MTPA at an indicative investment of Rs. 61,870 crore. Besides, a provision of Rs.10,264 crore has also been made towards investment in mines.


Steel is a deregulated sector and the role of Government is limited to that of a facilitator. Government of India provides generic infrastructure which are used by the steel industry also. Any specific infrastructure required is developed by the concerned steel companies themselves.

As far as funds for the Modernisation and Expansion programme of Steel PSUs are concerned, the same were arranged through internal resources/borrowings by the companies.
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Demand and Supply of Steel in the Country
The Minister of Steel and Mines Shri Narendra Singh Tomar said in a statement laid on the table of the Rajya Sabha today that with a crude steel production capacity of about 101 MT (Million Tonnes) in 2013-14, India produced about 87.67 MT of finished steel with an apparent consumption of about 74.09 MT.  In 2014-15 also with a capacity of about 110 MT,  India produced about 91.45 MT of finished steel with an apparent consumption of about 76.99 MT.  Thus India is capable of meeting almost the entire domestic steel demand.  India has witnessed about 75.5% increase (year-on-year) in imports of total steel (Alloy + Non Alloy) in 2014-15 & about 24% increase during April ’15 - Jan’16.  The jump in imports is largely on account of global steel glut. Due to this reason, steel is being exported by China and other countries, often at below cost of production.  Further, a small quantity of high quality steel, not manufactured locally, is also imported.

In order to protect domestic steel sector, the Government has taken various measures which have reduced the pace of growth of imports. While imports grew by about 75% in the Financial Year 2014-15, compared to the Financial Year 2013-14, the import growth has slowed to about 24% in the period April’15 – Jan’16, compared to the same period in the last Financial Year. Various steps taken in this regard are as follows: 

 (i)       To ensure that only quality steel is produced or imported, Government has            notified Steel & Steel Products (Quality Control) Orders, 2012 dated 12.03.2012 and Steel & Steel Products (Quality Control) Orders, 2015 dated 15.12.2015.
(ii)       To increase availability of Coal and Iron ore for the domestic steel industry:
(a)     Notified the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Amendment Act, 2015 on 30.03.2015 to streamline coal block allocations.
(b)     Notified the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Act, 2015 on 27.03.2015 to streamline grant of Mining Leases. 
(iii)      The Union Budget 2015-16 has raised peak rate of basic customs duty on both flat and             non-flat steel to 15% from 10%.
(iv)      Hiked import duty on  ingots & billets, alloy steel (flat & long), stainless steel (long) and non-alloy long products from 5 % to 7.5%  and non-alloy and other alloy flat products from 7.5% to 10%.  Import Duty was further revised in August, 2015 on flat steel from 10% to 12.5%, long steel from 7.5% to 10% and semi-finished steel from 7.5% to 10%.
(v)       In November 2014, Government issued instruction to ensure import of rebars strictly as per Steel Product Quality Control Order 2012, to block influx of cheap imports of boron added rebars.
(vi)      In June, 2015, an Anti-Dumping Duty for five years on imports of certain    variety of hot-rolled flat products of stainless steel from China ($ 309 per          tonne), Korea ($ 180 per tonne) and Malaysia ($ 316 per tonne).
(vii)     Imposed, in September 2015, a provisional Safeguard Duty of 20% on hot-rolled flat products of non-alloy and other alloy steel, in coils of a width of 600 mm or more, for a period of 200 days.
(viii)    Imposed, vide its notification dated 05.02.2016, the Minimum Import Price (MIP) condition on 173 steel products. Imports of items covered under this notification will not be allowed into the country below the notified price.

Details of Demand (as actual consumption)
(in thousand tons)
Category : Total Finished steel
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
2015-16
(April-Dec)
Bars & Rods
29445
29420
31081
24,246
Structurals
5987
6857
7301
5,609
Rly. Materials
946
870
851
623
Plates
4891
4177
4770
3,508
H.R. Coils\Skelp
19817
19991
20544
15,506
H.R. Sheets
485
965
1113
1223
C.R. Sheets\coils
8807
8526
8295
6,048
GP\GC Sheets
5230
5428
5554
4,175
Elec. Sheets
541
462
541
328
Tinplate (incl. ww)
434
462
525
324
Tin Mill Black Plate (TMBP)
5
4
1
3
Pipes (Large Dia.)
2046
1963
1993
1,538
Tin free steel
82
68
87
66
Alloy and Stainless Steel
5861
6102
6758
5,942


Details of Supply (as actual production for sale)
 (in thousand tons)
Category : Total Finished steel
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
2015-16
(April-Dec)
Bars & Rods
28795
29550
32251
24803
Structurals
5932
6896
7495
5715
Rly. Materials
937
887
835
621
Plates
4161
3896
4700
2943
H.R. Coils\Skelp
19391
20806
20205
13638
H.R. Sheets
556
920
1138
1218
C.R. Sheets\coils
7654
7722
7509
5216
GP\GC Sheets
6287
6898
6892
4902
Elec. Sheets
155
126
140
92
Tinplate (incl. ww)
301
344
354
237
Tin Mill Black Plate (TMBP)
5
3
0
0
Pipes (Large Dia.)
2007
1978
2094
1567
Tin free steel
16
12
0
0
Alloy and Stainless Steel
5484
7637
8544
6759
Source : JPC



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