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  • LPG coverage 96.9% as on January 1, 2020: Dharmendra Pradhan Feb 05, 2020 05:00 PM IST

    LPG coverage 96.9% as on January 1, 2020: Dharmendra Pradhan

    Responding to a query on lower LPG connections in Bihar, the minister said the state had achieved 22-23 per cent coverage when the scheme was launched.

  • Surplus land of CPSEs under disinvestment to be sold at market rate: Govt Feb 05, 2020 04:50 PM IST

    Surplus land of CPSEs under disinvestment to be sold at market rate: Govt

    The land was given as part of the deal and financial compensation for the same was also given to the respective state or individual, Pradhan said.

  • Russia's Rosneft keen to bid for BPCL Feb 05, 2020 12:55 PM IST

    Russia's Rosneft keen to bid for BPCL

    Rosneft, which is the majority owner of India's second biggest private oil refinery, is keen to expand in the world's third largest and the fastest growing energy market.

  • DoT orders no coercive action on defaulting Airtel, Voda-Idea; Dharmendra Pradhan says non-telcos not liable Jan 24, 2020 08:45 AM IST

    DoT orders no coercive action on defaulting Airtel, Voda-Idea; Dharmendra Pradhan says non-telcos not liable

    While Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea did not pay the dues, billionaire Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio paid Rs 195 crore to clear all outstanding against it, official sources said.

  • DoT seeking Rs 3 lakh cr from GAIL, other non-telecom PSUs result of communication gap: Dharmendra Pradhan Jan 23, 2020 05:29 PM IST

    DoT seeking Rs 3 lakh cr from GAIL, other non-telecom PSUs result of communication gap: Dharmendra Pradhan

    Pradhan said the approach to the Supreme Court and discussions with the DoT were being conducted simultaneously.

  • India is in talks with Mongolia and Russia for importing coking coal: Pradhan Jan 12, 2020 05:09 PM IST

    India is in talks with Mongolia and Russia for importing coking coal: Pradhan

    The minister said the Centre is looking to import coking coal, a raw material for making steel, at a reasonable price as the country has set a target to produce 300 million tonne of the metal by 2030-31.

  • Dharmendra Pradhan meets Mongolian delegation, discusses ways to enhance economic cooperation Jan 10, 2020 08:20 PM IST

    Dharmendra Pradhan meets Mongolian delegation, discusses ways to enhance economic cooperation

    Pradhan said he has discussed the progress of an oil refinery project in Sainshand, Mongolia, for which India is assisting with a credit line of $1,236 million.

  • ONGC walks away with all 7 oil, gas blocks on offer in latest bid round Jan 02, 2020 05:45 PM IST

    ONGC walks away with all 7 oil, gas blocks on offer in latest bid round

    ONGC was the sole bidder in five blocks in Madhya Pradesh and one in West Bengal and it was locked in competition with OIL in one block in Rajasthan.

  • Dharmendra Pradhan hopes coming Budget will signal inclusion of ATF, natural gas in GST Dec 05, 2019 03:24 PM IST

    Dharmendra Pradhan hopes coming Budget will signal inclusion of ATF, natural gas in GST

    When the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was introduced on July 1, 2017 amalgamating 17 central and state levies, five commodities namely crude oil, natural gas, petrol, diesel, and aviation turbine fuel (ATF) were kept out of its purview given the revenue dependence of state governments on this sector.

  • Natural gas consumption to rise 3-folds in 10 years for 15% target: Dharmendra Pradhan Dec 05, 2019 02:45 PM IST

    Natural gas consumption to rise 3-folds in 10 years for 15% target: Dharmendra Pradhan

    Natural gas currently makes up for 6.2 percent of all energy consumed in the country. To cut dependence on polluting coal and liquid fuels, the government is targeting its share to rise to 15 percent by 2020-30.

  • Steel sector witnessing growth after slowdown: Dharmendra Pradhan Dec 02, 2019 02:52 PM IST

    Steel sector witnessing growth after slowdown: Dharmendra Pradhan

    During the Question Hour, he said steel is a deregulated sector where market forces and commercial considerations decide construction and location of new steel plants.

  • India increasing steel production; net exporter this year: Dharmendra Pradhan Dec 02, 2019 01:06 PM IST

    India increasing steel production; net exporter this year: Dharmendra Pradhan

    He also said the total number of steel plants in the country stood at 977. During the Question Hour, he said steel is a deregulated sector where market forces and commercial considerations decide construction and location of new steel plants.

  • Crude steel production capacity on increase in country Nov 27, 2019 02:59 PM IST

    Crude steel production capacity on increase in country

    "The capacity for domestic crude steel production expanded from 109.85 million tonnes in 2014-15 to 142.24 million tonnes in 2018-19. Already, capacity addition to the tune of about 28 MTPA (million tonnes per annum) is underway," he said.

  • Going for more professionalism in PSUs via equity dilution: Dharmendra Pradhan Nov 21, 2019 06:45 PM IST

    Going for more professionalism in PSUs via equity dilution: Dharmendra Pradhan

    The Union Cabinet on Wednesday decided to sell its entire stake in three enterprises and bring down stake below 51 per cent in select PSUs.

  • IOC, other PSUs not to bid for BPCL, hints Dharmendra Pradhan Nov 21, 2019 01:36 PM IST

    IOC, other PSUs not to bid for BPCL, hints Dharmendra Pradhan

    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs had on Wednesday decided to sell the government's entire stake in the country's second-largest state refiner BPCL and India's largest shipping company Shipping Corporation of India (SCI).

  • India's finished steel exports fall 34% to 6.36 MT in 2018-19 Nov 18, 2019 08:02 PM IST

    India's finished steel exports fall 34% to 6.36 MT in 2018-19

    The minister also said the country exported 6.36 MT of finished steel during 2018-19, registering a fall of 33.9 per cent as compared with 9.62 MT in the previous year.

  • IOC, GAIL to pay Adani 5% more charge than their own LNG terminal: Dharmendra Pradhan Nov 18, 2019 03:10 PM IST

    IOC, GAIL to pay Adani 5% more charge than their own LNG terminal: Dharmendra Pradhan

    India's largest oil firm IOC, which recently commissioned a 5 million tonne liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal at Ennore in Tamil Nadu, as well as gas utility GAIL have "both technical and financial capability to develop their own LNG terminal," he told the Lok Sabha.

  • Govt notifies Steel Scrap Recycling Policy: Dharmendra Pradhan Nov 18, 2019 01:28 PM IST

    Govt notifies Steel Scrap Recycling Policy: Dharmendra Pradhan

    Union Steel and Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said in Lok Sabha that the policy framework provides standard guidelines for collection, dismantling and shredding activities in an organised, safe and environmentally sound manner.

  • India has to be self-sufficient in high grade steel: Dharmendra Pradhan to industry Nov 14, 2019 07:25 PM IST

    India has to be self-sufficient in high grade steel: Dharmendra Pradhan to industry

    Metals, including steel, continue to play a vital role in building India a modern economy, the minister said, adding that there is a strong positive correlation between steel usage and a nation's economic growth.

  • Dharmendra Pradhan woos foreign firms to invest in India's oil & gas sector Nov 11, 2019 04:55 PM IST

    Dharmendra Pradhan woos foreign firms to invest in India's oil & gas sector

    Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who is on a two-day visit to the United Arab Emirates, showcased investment opportunities, promising political and fiscal stability, predictable policies and a huge diverse market.

  • BPCL privatisation: Dharmendra Pradhan says no role of govt in business; competition to benefit consumers Nov 07, 2019 03:51 PM IST

    BPCL privatisation: Dharmendra Pradhan says no role of govt in business; competition to benefit consumers

    Days before the Union Cabinet takes up a proposal to privatise state-owned BPCL, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday said the government has 'no business to be in business', and cited examples of telecom and aviation sectors where opening up had led to increased competition and price cuts to the benefit of consumers.

  • India to see $100 bn energy investment by 2024: Dharmendra Pradhan Nov 06, 2019 06:45 PM IST

    India to see $100 bn energy investment by 2024: Dharmendra Pradhan

    Speaking at KPMG's Enrich 2019 conference, he said India will chart its own course of energy transition in a responsible manner even as it is said to be a key driver of global energy demand in the coming decades.

  • India will reduce dependence on oil imports by 10% by 2022: Dharmendra Pradhan Nov 06, 2019 05:10 PM IST

    India will reduce dependence on oil imports by 10% by 2022: Dharmendra Pradhan

    The government will ensure that energy transition is secure, affordable and reliable.

  • Steel consumption in India set for quantum jump: Dharmendra Pradhan Nov 06, 2019 02:03 PM IST

    Steel consumption in India set for quantum jump: Dharmendra Pradhan

    The minister noted that the steel sector is becoming more vibrant, efficient, environment-friendly and globally competitive supported by various policies of the government and the entrepreneurial spirit of the industry.

  • India on track to cut oil import dependence by 10% by 2022: Dharmendra Pradhan Nov 06, 2019 01:56 PM IST

    India on track to cut oil import dependence by 10% by 2022: Dharmendra Pradhan

    Speaking at the 'Urja Sangam' conference in March 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that India needs to bring down its oil import dependence from 77 per cent in 2013-14, to 67 per cent by 2022, when India will celebrate its 75th year of independence.

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