Steel Minister Assures West Bengal over Closure of SAILRMD Kolkata
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Steel Minister Assures West Bengal over Closure of SAILRMD Kolkata

India’s Steel Minister Mr Dharmendra Pradhan has assured West Bengal Finance Minister Mr Amit Mitra that there are no plans to terminate any

India’s Steel Minister Mr Dharmendra Pradhan has assured West Bengal Finance Minister Mr Amit Mitra that there are no plans to terminate any employee of Steel Authority of India Limited or reduce its headcount. In a letter Mr Pradhan said "There is no plan to terminate or reduce employee strength of the company. SAIL, a responsible employer, will continue to take care of its employees. I hope that clarifies the position as regards to your apprehensions.”

The steel minister further said “Steel Authority of India’s two steel plants in West Bengal will not face iron ore crisis due to a restructuring in the company. Even though there are no iron ore mines in West Bengal, iron ore for DSP and ISP is dispatched from the SAIL mines located in other states under the coordination of the Director (Technical, Projects and Raw Materials) of the company. Durgapur Steel Plant and IISCO Steel Plant in Burnpur are two of the prestigious plants on which SAIL has made large investments, and as part of its expansion plan, the company will have to expand mining operations to produce more iron ore to meet its own requirements.”

Mr Mitra had requested the steel minister to intervene and stop the dismantling of Raw Materials Division of Steel Authority of India Limited in Kolkata, saying it would result in job losses amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He wrote “The move to dissolve the RMD headquarters by the board of the company will also be detrimental to the interests of two iconic and profitable SAIL's steel plants at Durgapur and Burnpur in West Bengal. They would be left with no captive mines and iron ore supplies if the raw materials division is dismantled.”

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