‘Quality Control Order’ which is going to be implemented, has made BIS mandatory for all the manufacturers with a provision of penalty and prosecution for defaulters. This order ensures the availability of quality steel across India while empowering the steel consumers.
All India Induction Furnace Association (AIIFA), an effective link and medium of communication between Induction melting furnace units and various Government of India Ministries, Professional Institutions and R&D centers, met the officials of Ministries and tried to convenience them for considering the genuine issues of Sponge industries.
AIIFA also requested to first provide some necessary basic infrastructure and R&D to Induction Furnaces before implementing the order.
In order to review the status of ‘Quality Control Order’ implementation, a meeting was held on 6 Mar, 2014 under the Chairmanship of Shri U P Singh, Joint Secretary of Ministry of Steel. During the meeting, AIIFA again requested for further date extension due to major issues:
- BIS authorities have not granted licenses particularly in Rajasthan (Jaipur/Bhiwadi)
- Centralized laboratories have not been setup, required for small re-rolling mill & IF units
- High Phosphorus still remains a problem in the Induction Furnace units
Senior VP of AIIFA Mr. Kamal Agarwal told that BIS will be mandatory for all semi finish products categorized under IS: 2830 category. However, IS: 2831 has been exempted from BIS mandate. He also mentioned that the association has put its concern to Steel Ministry and will try for date extension.
He further explains that according to BIS standards Sulphur & Phosphorus content has to be below 0.1, which is not possible for Induction units using Sponge.
AIIFA once again highlighted the issues which are hindering the growth of this sector and needed to be addressed by the Government of India.