The rise in sales was mainly on account of increase in flat product sales, which went up by 26pc . While long products saw a growth of 3pc , retail sales at 53,800 tonnes in the month were up by 62pc on a month-to-month basis. Concerted efforts to harness the rising dollar materialized in a significant growth in exports to a level of 31,000 tonnes, a CPLY growth of 36pc .
For the five month duration of April-August '13, the cumulative steel sales stood at 47.8 lakh tonnes, a growth of 7pc over CPLY.
The growth in sales was backed by the diligent efforts of SAIL employees. Recently, employees of SAIL proved their mettle in the Vishwakarma Rashtriya Puraskar (VRP) and Prime Minister's Shram awards.
In the VRP awards announced for performance year 2011, SAIL gleaned 18 out of 28 awards, constituting 64pc of the total awards won, also the highest number won by any PSU.
Out of 116 VRP awardees, a whopping 76pc were from SAIL alone. In the Prime Minister's Shram Awards for 2012 announced early this month, SAIL won 6 out of the 16 awards conferred on PSUs; SAIL employees constituted half of the total Shram awardees.
--IBNS (Posted on 02-09-2013)