In order to discuss on the Purvodaya initiative in Odisha and prospects of Japanese investment in the steel sector and downstream development in Odisha, Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister Steel, Petroleum & Natural Gas and Satoshi Suzuki, Ambassador of Japan to India met Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik. Purvodaya is an initiative which aims to develop eastern India by establishing integrated steel hubs.
Additional Secretary Steel, Government of India, Rasika Chaubey gave a presentation on the new initiative. As per the National Steel Policy, the eastern belt has the potential to add more than 75 percent of the country’s incremental steel capacity. It is expected that of 300 MT capacity by 2030-31, more than 200 MT can come from this region alone.
Patnaik urged Ambassador of Japan to consider be the country partner for Make in Odisha Concalve 2020, once again. He also made an offer for an exclusive Japan Industrial cluster and township near Bhubaneswar for which the state government would provide all the necessary facilitation.