Parliamentary panel recommends SAIL-RINL merger

KOLKATA: A Parliamentary Panel has recommended the merger state-owned steel giants Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) and Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited(RINL). The Committee on Public Undertakings, a body of Lok Sabha members has reiterated its proposal stating that the the move will help the two companies acquire global scale and bring down costs of production. 

""While reiterating their recommendation on revisiting the proposal for merger of 
RINL with SAILBSE 0.08 %, the Committee desires the government to clearly specify its stand on the issue and apprise it on the same,"" Committee on Public Undertaking has said in a recent report. 

SAIL, one of the largest domestic steel companies currently has a capacity to produce 14.6 million tonnes per annum (mtpa). It has embarked on a capacity expansion to take it to 26.2 mtpa. Vizag-based RINL currently has a capacity of 2.9 mtpa, which is expected to go up to 6.3 mtpa in the next fiscal. 

The merger would help the two state-run steel makers to acquire global size of operation, it had earlier observed. The panel had also said the merger would also enable them to synergise operation and bring down the cost of production.

The report, however, said: ""The Committee regrets to note that the Action Taken Reply of the government is completely silent on this aspect"".