Darmendra Pradhan,  Union Minister of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Minister of Steel, PK Rath, CMD
Darmendra Pradhan,  Union Minister of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Minister of Steel having a word with PK Rath, CMD during his visit to Model Room in VSP.

Steel Minister’s maiden visit to RINL

The Union Minister of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Minister of Steel, Dharmendra Pradhan arrived to a warm welcome on his maiden visit to RINL-Visakhapatnam. The Minister accompanied by the top management led by PK Rath, CMD, Directors of RINL visited the Model Room, Blast Furnace-3, Steel Melt Shop-2, Wire Rod Mill etc and he was  apprised of the latest technology incorporated in the plant, Expansion and Modernization of RINL.

PK Rath, CMD,RINL explaining  a point to Pradhan, Hon’ble Steel Minister during his visit to the plant.
PK Rath, CMD,RINL explaining  a point to Pradhan, Hon’ble Steel Minister during his visit to the plant.

Later, Pradhan addressed the senior officers of the plant at Multi-Purpose Hall in Ukkunagaram. Speaking on the occasion, the Steel Minister said that RINL has very high technical capability and the employees’ potential has already been recognized by the Ministry of Steel. Regarding raw material security, Pradhan said that RINL has been aspiring for captive iron ore mines to face the competition and to reduce cost of production. He said that the Ministry of Steel is sincerely pursuing with the Odisha Govt regarding operationalization of iron ore mines of  Orissa Mineral Development Company (OMDC). The MOS is also trying to supply raw material at special price to RINL from OMDC and RINL would largely benefit from it, the Steel Minister stated amid thunderous applause from the audience. He said that RINL should go for Joint Ventures to face competition, wealth creation and provide more value and increase the economic activity in this region.

Pradhan said that the states of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh are mineral rich and have great potential for development. The Minister observed that with increase in economic activity there will be more employment opportunities,  generation of more revenues to local and union government.

Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Steel addressing the senior officers on the occasion.
Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Steel addressing the senior officers on the occasion.

Earlier, PK Rath, CMD,RINL in his welcome address said that Steel Minister’s visit has given a great inspiration to entire RINL collective and  explained about the expansion, modernization and completion of Kaniti Balancing Reservoir-2, Central Dispatch Yard and Twin Ladle Heating Furnace, which is considered as completion of 7.3 mtpa expansion of the plant.

MVV Satyanarayana, MP, Visakhapatnam, Dr Satyavathi, MP, Anakapalli, T Nagireddy, MLA, Gajuwaka, Dr Haribabu, EX MP etc graced the occasion.

Darmendra Pradhan,  Union Minister of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Minister of Steel, PK Rath, CMD
Darmendra Pradhan,  Union Minister of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Minister of Steel having a word with PK Rath, CMD during his visit to Model Room in VSP.

KC Das, Director (Personnel) RINL-VSP proposed vote of thanks.

KC Das, Director (Personnel), Sri VV Venugopal Rao, Director (Finance), DK Mohanty, Director (Commercial), KK Ghosh, Director (Projects), AK Saxena, Director (Operations), PJ Vijayakar, CVO, Executive Directors, Senior officers were present on the occasion.