Rural India holds key to enhancing per-capita steel usage in the country, says Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan

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The Union Minister said that there are immense opportunities in the rural sector to foster steel demand

Rural India holds key to enhancing per-capita steel usage in the country and it will bring greater strength to society, ensure rural development and create jobs, said Union Minister for Steel and Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan.

There are immense opportunities in the rural sector to foster steel demand, he said.

He was addressing a webinar on  ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat: Fostering steel usage in Rural economy-Agriculture, Rural Development, Animal Husbandry and Dairying and Food Processing’  organised by Ministry of Steel in association with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on Tuesday.

 “I am glad to see stakeholders from steel, agriculture, rural development, animal husbandry and dairy coming together for this webinar,” Pradhan said.

The steel minister shared his views on the role of India’s steel sector in the growth and prosperity of the villages and in making the rural economy strong and self-reliant.

Pradhan informed that government has started disbursing Rs 1,00,000 crore agriculture infrastructure fund with many new sectors being included in the priority sector.

He also said that the Centre was developing 5000 compressed bio-gas (CBG)  plants across the country.

“Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has recently included CBG in the priority sector. We are working on to make ethanol from rice. The mission to ensure housing for all, investments in rural roads, railway infra augmentation and impetus to agriculture will all create greater steel demand. Enhancing per-capita steel consumption is in the interest of all,” he said. 

Minister of Rural Development, Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar said that the path to realising the clarion call of Aatmanirbhar Bharat given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi goes through Aatmanirbhar villages.

He said that steel as a strength giving material has to play an important role in making our villages strong and self-reliant.

Tomar said that the shift in rural demand during the last few years has been encouraging. He said that ability of rural consumers spending has improved by policy support, development efforts, farm loan waivers, higher minimum support prices, Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), and a rural development-focused budgetary process.

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