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Statements of the Boards, Councils, Committees and other bodies consisting of two or more persons constituted as its part or for the purpose of its advised and as to whether meetings of those boards, councils, committees and other bodies are open to the public or the minutes of such meetings are accessible for public.

Joint Plant Committee :-The Joint Plant Committee (JPC) was set up in 1964 for taking over the functions of Iron Steel Controller in regard to planning and distribution of indents and rolling programmes. The role of JPC was revised through a Notification issued in 1971. The Joint Secretary (Steel) is the Chairman of JPC. The JPC has representatives from SAIL, TISCO, RINL and from Ministry of Railways as its Members. The JPC has four regional offices located at Kolkata, New Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai and with its headquarter at Kolkata.
Post decontrol and liberalization, the initial functions of the JPC have been discontinued and JPC is now primarily entrusted with the task of collection and analysis of data related to steel sector. The JPC also worked on measures aimed at promoting usage/consumption of steel through promotional work conducting studies, surveys, organizing seminars, conferences and sector specific studies. The JPC also acts as the Secretariat for the Steel Development Fund. The entire establishment expenditure of the JPC and the support to the other Institutions such as BPNSI, NISST, and INSDAG is met from the interest proceeds of the funds available under JPC Account General Fund. The funds under the JPC Account General Fund are kept as fixed deposit with the nationalized banks.

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II. Economic Research Unit The Economic Research Unit (ERU) is a part of the JPC and is mainly responsible for analysis of data collected by the JPC and for conducting specific studies/analysis entrusted to it by the Ministry of Steel. The ERU is headed by Chief Economist.

III. Ferrous Scrap Committee ( WORK BEING DEALT WITH IN MF DESK)
The Ferrous Scrap Committee (FSC) was set up under the Iron & Steel (Control) Order, 1956, on the 19th December 1979 and was reconstituted on 28th July, 1997 under the Chairmanship of the DCI&S. The Director (Finance) of Ministry of Steel, President of the Shipbreakers’ Association and Vice-Chairman of the Gujarat Maritime Board are the other members of the Committee. The FSC administers a fund created through imposition of a Cess upon import of old ships for breaking and aimed at increasing the overall availability of scrap in the country. The Secretarial assistance to the Committee is now being provided by the JPC. The Committee takes steps to assist the handling of scrap and provides financial assistance for promotion of Ferrous Scrap in the country.

IV. SDF Managing Committee The JPC acts as the Secretariat for the Steel Development Fund (SDF). The Steel Development Fund is managed by a Managing Committee, the composition of which is as under

SDF Managing Committee
S.No. Department Designation
1. Secretary (Steel) Chairman
2. Secretary (Expenditure) Member
3. Secretary (Planning Commission) Member
4. Development Commissioner for Iron & Steel Member-Secretary

V. Steel Consumers’ Council The Steel Consumers’ Council was constituted in 1986 under the chairmanship of the Minister of Steel to advise and assist the Central Government on matters relating to supply, availability, quality and the market trends of iron and steel. . The tenure of the Council was initially fixed for two years, which has been extended from time to time. The term of the present Steel Consumers’ Council is till the Minister hold the charge


Based on the concept plan developed by the Task Force setup by the Ministry of Steel, a decision was taken to set up a National Steel Institute (NSI) at Puri, as training-cum-service-cum-R&D centre under the management of Joint Plant Committee (JPC).. The Institute is registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and started functioning on pilot basis from 1st January, 2001 at Puri, approval of the Cabinet for setting up of a full-fledged Institute to cater to the training and R&D requirements, primarily of the secondary steel sector was obtained in February 2004.

The Chairman, JPC is also the Chairman of the BPNSI.

The BPNSI was established to help the domestic secondary steel industry to be in tandem with the rapid transformation which global and Indian steel industry has been under gone.

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VII. National Institute of Secondary Steel Technology (NISST) The NISST is located at Mandi Gobindgarh, Punjab and has two regional centres located at Nagpur and Kolkata . The Institute was incorporated as a Society on 18th August, 1987 under the chairmanship of Development Commissioner for Iron & Steel. The NISST was primarily setup to cater to the requirements of the secondary steel sector. The following areas of secondary steel sector are under the purview of the Institute..

  • Electric Arc and Induction Furnace
  • Ladle Refining
  • Rolling Mills (Hot & Cold)
  • Direct Reduce Iron Unit

The Joint Secretary, Ministry of Steel looking after the work of DC Cell/SD Wing is the Chairman of the NISST. The NISST is managed by a board of Governors consisting of members from industry, educational institutions, industrial associations, and Ministry of Steel. A major portion of funding for the NISST is being met out of JPC funds.

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VIII. Institute for Steel Development and Growth The initiative for setting up of Institute for Steel Development and Growth (INSDAG) emanated from the steel producers and the Institute was registered as a Society on 26th August, 1996. The mission of the Institute is to work in unison with all the stakeholders so as to evolve ways and means for efficient use of steel and provide optimum value to the customers.
The Institute primarily works towards the development of technology in steel usage and market for the steel producers. The headquarter of INSDAG is at Kolkata. INSDAG was expected to function and grow on contribution from the industry. However, the membership contribution is barely 20% of the total fund requirement, with the balance being met through grants from the JPC. The establishment cost of INSDAG is met out of JPC funds.