ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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SCHEDULED TRIBES- Failure of Placatory Measures

to worsening industrial relations in the steel industry. The objectionable manner of functioning of the SAIL management is further highlighted by yet another incident. This took place at the level of the SAIL board itself and concerns the meeting of the reconstituted board in April last. Here one need not go into the composition of the new board with the preponderance of bureaucrats and personalities from the private sector who really deserve no place in the board. The incident in question concerns the Vizag and Vijayanagram steel plants which have become a big embarrassment for the government as well as SAIL. The government is politically committed to building these plants. On the other hand, there are the questions about the economic viability of the plants and their cost. When the issue was discussed the SAIL board took the clear-cut position that it was not possible to go ahead with their construction at this stage. But in view of the political commitment, it was agreed that a proper assessment of steel demand and a study of the product-mix of the two plants be undertaken. It was also made clear that SAIL would go solely by tech no- economic considerations. If the government desired that certain overriding political considerations must prevail it could have its way, but in that case it must give a clear directive to the SAIL board.

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