Various industry representatives have expressed shock at sudden demise of Mr Ananth Kumar, Union Minister for Fertilizer, Chemicals and Parliamentary affairs and termed it a big set back for India’s corrosion Mitigation movement and sustainable efforts .
“Union Minister Ananth Kumar was neck deep in his efforts to pursue the Corrosion Mitigation Mission of Prime Minister Narendra Modi diligently and with extreme personal involvement with stakeholders and commitment to make India Corrosion Free. His sad demise is a great loss to the world aiming for sustainability” said Mr Yatinder Pal Singh Suri, Country head, Outokumpu India, a Finnish Stainless steel major and president, Process Plant and Machinery Association of India (PPMAI- an apex body of capital goods producers.
“ India being a cash crunched country, he realized well that the country cannot afford to lose 3-4% of it’s national GDP annually. His efforts for building a sustainable India will be long remembered. His pleasing and accessible personality is something rare to find in political system. He shall be missed.” Said Mr Suri.
“The able Minister understood that many industries including aerospace, nuclear, offshore industries were facing the critical nature of the corrosion problems and the government and other industries will have to mitigate corrosion issues without mere considering it as a repair and maintenance issue. According to the World Corrosion Organization, the annual costs of corrosion is estimated at $2.5 trillion per annum or 3 to 4% of the global GDP on an average.” He said.
”He was working on a policy to start corrosion audit and effectively implement anti corrosion measures through proper planning and standardization “ he added.