Read the data in the table given below and answer the questions that follow:
5.1 Compare the 2015-2016 and 2019-2020 data and give any one reason for the reduction of production of steel in 2019-2020.
High costs and limited availability of coking coal is a major reason for decline in the production of steel.
- Lower productivity of labour.
- Irregular supply of energy.
- Poor infrastructure.
5.2 Why is production and consumption of steel considered as an index of a country’s development?
Steel is a fundamental component of most heavy industries , and its production and consumption reflect a country's level of industrialisation . Higher the industrialisation, higher is said to be the development of a country.