Shri Vishnu Deo Sai, Hon'ble Minister of State for Steel, Mines, Labour and Employment, inaugurating the International Galvanising Conference by lighting the lamp.
The Hon’ble Minister of State for Steel, Mines, Labour & Employment, Shri Vishnu Deo Sai, highlighted the importance of galvanized steel in the infrastructure development of the country during inauguration of the International Galvanizing Conference on 10th July at The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi. The Hon’ble Minister shared his views in his speech to the gathering of more than 250 delegates from India, Asia, Europe and North America. The two day conference on Galvanizing was organized by the International Zinc Association on 10th & 11th July 2014.
While addressing the delegates, the Hon’ble Minister emphasized the necessity of using galvanized steel for infrastructure development of the country and reiterated the fact that when foreign countries in Europe, America and even in Asia were using galvanized steel in all of their infrastructure, in India it was still being used selectively which was resulting in huge financial losses because of rusting of non galvanized steel. Rusting of steel not only reduces structure’s life but also makes it unsafe for use and poses a serious threat to safety of users. The situation in India is strange as India is the fourth largest country in zinc production as well as steel production, but in terms of using zinc coated steel the country is at the bottom of the pyramid.
Steel is the basic necessity for development and development of Steel industry reflects the financial strength of the country. We, in India are self-sufficient in Zinc and Steel production, however, we are not able to capitalize on this potential. We have to enhance this potential and develop quality steel to give impetus to Infrastructure development. Additionally, in the Indian context, Steel production / variants should be produced based on the needs of the common man like mass Steel housing can resolve the problem of increasing population in the cities.
Our Industrial development should be inclusive of people development. Apart from the basic necessities like Food, Clothing and Shelter of the residents of Industrial areas, ensuring their education, health, employment and economic growth should also be the responsibility of the Industrialists. All minerals like Iron, Coal, Copper and Mica are found in interior and forest areas; however the people of these areas are backward socially and economically even now. Shri Vishnu Deo Sai called upon the Industrial community that they should ensure the sustainable development of the people of such areas. Without their development, the development of the country is incomplete.
During inauguration, other prominent speakers, like Mr Stephen Wilkinson, Executive Director, International Zinc Association, spoke on sustainability aspects of Zinc as the utility of Zinc was not only limited to provide protection to steel against corrosion but it was also an important micronutrient for humans and crops. Use of Zinc based fertilizers can result in higher crop yields and nutritional value. It can revive the fertility of soil, provide essential nutrition in food chain and can help in reducing malnutrition. Zinc also helps in avoiding the deaths of infants and children due to diarrhoea which is the second largest killer of infants in India after Pneumonia. ‘Zinc Saves Kids’ is a global initiative of the International Zinc Association in support of UNICEF.
Mr Sunil Duggal, Deputy CEO, Hindustan Zinc, stated that Zinc industry of India was well equipped to supply increased quantum of zinc to steel industry as the country’s zinc production was in line to the plan of steel industry capacity expansion. He also highlighted the need to focus on safety of non-galvanized steel structures affected from corrosion and galvanizing was the most effective solution to corrosion problem. Mr T. Venugopalan, Chief Technology Officer, Tata Steel, shared his views on the technology development, capacity addition in the steel sector and steel growth as the main driver for the industrial growth of country.
The two days International Galvanizing Conference proved to be a grand success with huge participation seen on both days of the event from the galvanized steel users like Indian Railways, CPWD, DMRC, IRCON, Airport Authority, Central Road Research Institute, Power Corporations as well as suppliers of Steel, Zinc and Galvanized products. The event was organized for the first time in India by the International Zinc Association and co-organized by Hindustan Zinc Ltd., considering the growth potential of the country in terms of construction, transport, infrastructure and the scope for steel to play a strategic role in sustainable development. Speakers of International and national repute from various backgrounds like Zinc, Steel, Galvanizing, Research Analysis, Automobile, Engineering, Construction, Power Transmission, Renewable Energy, Architecture, Pipes, Tubes, Steel Rebars, Metal Roofing and Pre-Engineered Building Systems presented their views on the topics related to steel and galvanizing and deliberated on the ways to fight off the corrosion issues.