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Nagarnar Steel Plant will be ready by next near: Raman Singh

RAIPUR: Construction of steel plant by National Mining Development Corporation (NMDC) at Nagarnar in Bastar district is near completion. There is strong possibility of starting production in the plant by next year, said chief minister Dr Raman Singh.

Nagarnar Steel Plant is the second public sector steel plant of the Union government, after Bhilai Steel Plant. With the completion of the plant, the social and economic development of the tribal dominated Bastar region would be improved, the chief minister said while discussing with the Union steel, mining and labour state minister Vishnudev Sai.

Raman Singh sought Sai’s special attention in completing the Nagarnar Steel Plan construction within time limit. It was the first meeting of Sai with chief minister Raman Singh after becoming union state minister. Raman Singh greeted Sai and extended good wishes to him.

The Chief Minister discussed different subjects linked to the interests of Chhattisgarh with Sai. He told Sai that in the Union Labour Ministry there were about 15 welfare schemes for the industrial workers, including opening of medical college and hospitals. The workers could get treatment at concessional rate in these hospitals. He asked Sai to make efforts in establishing hospitals in Raigarh, Korba, Rajnandgaon and other cities in the state, after studying the provisions.

Mentioning about the mines being run by the NMDC and the South East Coal Limited (SECL) in Chhattisgarh, Raman Singh told Sai that better utilisation of money from the Corporate Social Responsibility Fund of these Central undertakings could be made for the good of the people of the state, especially, those from the mine areas.

During discussion, the chief minister said that from the iron-ore projects operated by NMDC in Bailadila of Bastar division, row iron should be supplied to the steel industries of the state on priority.