|Nation-wide survey to correctly assess rural demand of steel: Sh.Virbhadra Singh |
The Steel Ministry has decided to launch a Nation-wide survey on rural steel consumption and demand to correctly assess the rural steel consumption. This survey will cover all the states and union territories covering nearly 300 districts and 1500 villages in the country. The survey conducted by the Joint Plant Committee (JPC) will reveal a true picture of steel consumption pattern and the potential demand, covering all socio-economic and geographical entities of the country. This was announced by the Steel Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh while inaugurating the Conference on ‘Diversifying and Enhancing Steel Consumption’ here today. He said, based on this survey, we will orient our strategy for an accelerated steel consumption growth in rural India, which will also be in concurrence with the government’s programme for a vibrant and developing ‘Gramin Bharat’. The Minister said consumption of steel in rural areas remains quite low despite a modest rise in last 2-3 years.