The Minister of Steel Birender Singh advised MOIL to fast-track the ongoing projects and target completion of the projects in the pipeline before the scheduled time. The Minister said this during a review meeting with top management of MOIL, a PSU under the Ministry of Steel, at Udyog Bhawan today. He also asked MOIL to explore opportunities for skill training of local youth, particularly in Left Wing Extremist (LWE) areas in convergence with Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY). While commending the CSR work of the company, he asked them to ensure that the developmental works in villages adopted under CSR, may be monitored in accordance with Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) framework. The Minister exhorted MOIL to expand its manganese resource base as a long-term strategy. He appreciated MOIL’s mid-term plans of diversification by sharing its mining expertise and downstream production on availability of captive power facilities. He discussed at length the challenges and opportunities in exploration and extraction of mineral resources like iron ore and manganese. Optimal utilization of these resources is essential for raw material securitization for steel industry in order to achieve scale and size for cost competitiveness, he added. The Secretary, Steel Ms. Aruna Sundararajan, The Joint Secretary, Steel Ms. Urvilla Khati, CMD, MOIL, Mr. GP Kundargi and other senior officials from Ministry of Steel and MOIL were present on the occasion.