'PSUs in Steel & Mines Industry must act with a sense of urgency on skill development'

The public sector units (PSUs) in Steel & Mines Industry, should act with a sense of urgency and purpose in the area of skill development and employment generation, says the Union Minister of Steel & Mines.

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May 13, 2015 | 2:35 pm IST.