Delhi: Domestic steel manufacturers have hiked the
prices of hot rolled (HR) steel by around Rs 3,000-Rs
4,000 per tonne on Tuesday. This is despite the written
undertaking given by the Indian Steel Alliance (ISA) that
prices would be kept under check.
ISA had assured the government that HR steel would be
kept within the Rs 27,000-per tonne price band till June
and that the small sector would be supplied at a concession
of Rs 1,500-Rs 2,000 per tonne.
to market sources, the steel producers appear to have
taken advantage of "ambiguity" in the written
undertaking that the ISA had given to the government and
the current hike to Rs 27,000 per tonne does not violate
sources say that all the producers who have effected the
price hike have done so through verbal communication to
their stockyards. SAIL, however, is not clear as to whether
it too, will be able to effect a similar price increase,
company officials said. "But if we are unable to
do so, our officials will come under immense pressure
as there will be a substantial premium on our products.
There will be pressure from various quarters on our officials
to sell steel to favoured persons and being a Government-controlled
company, we have apprehensions, more so because it is
election time," the officials said.