Union metal minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday rebutted West Bengal finance minister Amit Mitra’s allegation that the Centre was making an attempt to undermine SAIL’s two models within the state —Durgapur metal plant (DSP) and Burnpur metal plant— by dismantling the uncooked materials division within the state’s capital Kolkata.
In his letter to Pradhan, Mitra had written, “I’m deeply apprehensive that these two huge crops in Bengal would both be asset stripped or be bought off within the title of disinvestment, having crippled them via the present coverage shift.”
“Whereas the iron ore mines of SAIL are situated in Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, however iron ore is distributed to all of the crops of SAIL as per their annual manufacturing plan. Despite the fact that there aren’t any iron ore mines in West Bengal, iron ore for DSP and ISP is dispatched from the SAIL mines situated in different states,” Pradhan wrote in a letter to Mitra.
Pradhan added that the current system of central co-ordination for uncooked materials allocation to completely different crops from numerous SAIL mines will proceed in future additionally. As DSP and ISP (IISCO Metal Plant in Burnpur) are models of SAIL, there is no such thing as a query of paying market worth for iron ore by them, he stated. He additionally assured that there was no plan to terminate or cut back the worker power of the corporate.
“It’s pertinent to notice that according to SAIL’s growth plan, it must develop mining operations to provide extra iron ore to satisfy its personal necessities. As well as, SAIL may even have the ability to generate income from sole of extra iron ore within the open market underneath the current amendments to the MMDR Act, 202l. This can require nearer co-ordination with respective state governments and native authorities which con be carried out extra successfully and effectively by the crops situated therein,” Pradhan stated.
Terming the difficulties talked about by Mitra in his June 15 letter as “perceived”, Pradhan stated, “DSP and ISP are two of the celebrated crops on which SAIL has made giant investments.”
SAIL’s uncooked materials division, headquartered in Kolkata, runs 15 mines together with iron ore mines, flux mines and coal mines. The eight iron ore mines underneath the division are unfold throughout Orissa and Jharkhand. The 2 flux mines are in Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh every and the remaining (coking) coal mines are within the ECL unfold throughout Jharkhand and West Bengal.