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Odisha to be the Aluminium Capital of India : Mines Secretary

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Bhubaneswar, 30.06.2016 (By Mano Mani Singh)-  “With more than half the bauxite reserves of the country and   massive presence of Nalco, Hindalco and Vedanta, Odisha is soon going to be theAluminium Capital of India,” said Mr. Balvinder Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Mines, Govt of India. He was addressing the inaugural session of the national seminar on  ‘Aluminium: The Strategic Metal’, organized by Aluminium Association of India (AAI)  here today. He expressed his happiness that despite varying business interests, aluminium  majors, primary producers and secondary producers have gathered under the AAI umbrella to collectively counter the market downturn in Aluminium sector. Mr. Kumar assured the house that Aluminium Development Council, as suggested by  Dr. Tapan Kumar Chand, President, Aluminium Association of India and CMD, Nalco, shall  be set up soon to strengthen the aluminium industry of the country. He further informed that  on AAI’s recommendation, the Ministry of Mines has asked the Railway Ministry to charge  the freight of bauxite at par with limestone and include alumina in the non-metal segment.  Besides, Mr. Kumar complimented Nalco for accepting Govt of India’s suggestion to  take up Jagannath Temple in Puri under Swachh Bharat Mission. He urged other aluminium  players to adopt villages under open- defecation- free programme. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. R.K. Sharma, Principal Secretary to Govt of Odisha,Ministry of Steel & Mines said that there is a vast scope for the aluminium industry in India   at large and in Odisha, in particular. Mr. Sharma complimented Dr. Chand, President, AAI,  for organising this national seminar in Bhubaneswar, bringing experts from diverse  disciplines of aluminium industry to one platform. It may be noted that the seminar is a  precursor to International Conference on Aluminium (INCAL 2017), which will be held in  Bhubaneswar next February.Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Chand said that while the aluminium industry across the globe is passing through sluggishness, AAI is taking up steps to strengthen the sector through various initiatives. He stressed on cost reduction, making domestic market more  vibrant and enhancing the aluminium market through introduction of various value-added  and high-end products.In the technical session, Mr. Abhijit Pati, CEO (Aluminium Business) of Vedanta  spoke about developing the ancillary and downstream industry through aluminium parks and  strategic business models, while Mr. Satish Pai, Deputy Managing Director of Hindalco  outlined the aluminium outlook, particularly in the wake of dumping of surplus aluminium  by China. Among others, Mr. N.R. Mohanty, Vice President and Prof. K.S.S. Murthy,  General Secretary, AAI were also present.

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