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Dharmendra Pradhan Promises to Make Odisha a Global Hub of Ancillary Steel Industry

Author : Odisha Today Bureau | Posted on: 2019-06-09

Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Dharmendra Pradhan said on Saturday that the Centre in cooperation with the state government will try to develop Odisha as a global hub of ancillary industry in the steel sector.

 

The decision came after Pradhan and Union Minister of State for MSME, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Pratap Sarangi conducted a review meeting on tourism development and restoration works going on in Fani-affected Puri on Saturday.


 


After the meeting Pradhan told reporters, “While India is the second largest steel producing country in the world, Odisha is a steel hub in it. The Union Government with support of the State Government will make Odisha an ancillary steel hub and provide jobs to a large number of youths.”

 

Similarly, Sarangi said the Union Government would make all efforts to restore small and medium industries ravaged in the Cyclone Fani. More importance would be given on coir industries, said Sarangi.

 

Pradhan and Sarangi visited the state for the first time after becoming Union Ministers in the second term of the Narendra Modi-led NDA government.

 

Pradhan said that there has been good progress in restoration and around 30 per cent hotels are currently functional. Loan restructuring for the hotel industry has been initiated as per the RBI guidelines.

 

He also suggested that the banks should expedite loan processing and restoration of ATMs and point of sales (POS) devices before the upcoming Rath Yatra festival scheduled to be held in the first week of July.

 

He also suggested the banks to conduct a one-day brainstorming with all stakeholders to develop a blueprint for the economic revival of the affected areas by leveraging the power of MUDRA loans and the expertise of FINTECH agencies.

 

Among others, Puri MLA Jayant Sarangi and Brahmagiri MLA Lalitendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra, both of the BJP, were present. 

 

 

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