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Delayed projects to be reviewed, says Steel Minister Narendra Tomar

Laying emphasis on accountability and transparency, Narendra Singh Tomar, who took charge of Steel Ministry recently, said that he will review delayed projects in the sector and officials found responsible for lagging timelines will have a lot of explaining to do.

Tomar, who was accompanied by his junior minister Vishnu DeoSai, said that if there are any "irregularities" found in other ministries which fall under his charge, they will be thoroughly probed and those held accountable would not be spared.

He said this in response to a question on illegal mining on which the Justice M B Shah Commission (set up by the previous UPA Government to probe the menace) has presented a report related to Odisha and which is to be discussed by the Cabinet regarding action to be taken on it.

Tomar is also Minister for Mines as well as Labour Ministries. "We will review the current status of the projects and understand the reasons for their delays....If we find that the delays are on the part of the officials, we will fix the accountability on them," Tomar told reporters after taking charge of the Steel Ministry.

Tomar said that the growth of the country depends on the growth of the steel sector.

Some of the projects like Arcelor Mittal's 12 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) steel plant in Jharkhand at an estimated investment of Rs 50,000 crore are stuck for over eight years now for want of regulatory clearances and land acquisition.

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