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India: Ministry of Steel asks mills to continue operations

Steel Ministry today released an official notification asking steel units to continue production. This announcement was made after several state governments imposed restrictions on the operation of non-essential commercial establishments and movement of people, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This resulted in steel plants facing issues like entry of workers, supply of raw material and dispatch of finished steel.
The Ministry in its statement said,“In view of the fact that Section 2(1)(a)(xii) of the Essential Services Maintenance Act, 1981 clearly lists “any service in any establishment or undertaking dealing with production, supply or distribution of coal, power, steel or fertilizers” as an “Essential Service”, it is requested that no restrictions should be imposed on

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