India’s Ministry of Steel has hosted a “Conference of Ministers of Mines and Industries from States” with the Ministry at Konark in Odisha on 25th and 26th Feb 2022 with the objective to provide the mineral-rich states an opportunity to present and deliberate on matters related to mining leases, environmental clearance of ongoing and new mining projects. Steel Minister Mr Ram Chandra Prasad Singh inaugurated the conference. Mr Singh reminded the gathering of Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of creating wealth from waste. On these lines, he mentioned that research to use plastic waste in steel-making is being explored by various companies. Reiterating the importance of effective Rehabilitation and Resettlement, He mentioned that only those companies which can leverage social capital positively and are ready to give back to the local population will be able to gain in the long run. Similarly, India can thrive only if a level-playing field is available for all players in the sector. A policy to encourage the secondary steel players is necessary to give direction to this vision.The Minister further stated that steel consumption will continue to increase due to the various programmes and schemes of the government, such as Gatishakti Master Plan, in which the contribution of secondary steel sector will be very high & a mission to develop the secondary steel sector is in the making.Deliberations on the issues pertaining to mining, specific to steel sector, were conducted on the issues put forth by the central and state governments leading to fruitful discussions which were welcomed by participating delegates. Highlighting the issues related to mining and steel making, officials from Ministry of Steel explained the policy support which is being extended by the Central government and detailed the support required from the State governments to facilitate business. Speaking on the occasion, the heads of the CPSEs thanked the cooperation of the state governments and mentioned that they looked forward to further the cooperation.