Mining companies are demanding that they should be treated on par with the steel companies for fair allocation of iron ore blocks and the pending licence applications be cleared speedily. India is opening its doors to Foreign-Direct - Investment by Mittal Steel ,on the heels by the single largest FDI by South Korean steel major Posco ,there is one question that bags answer that Whether FDI in steel coming at the cost of FDI in mining? When minister of mines Sis Ram Ola asked a high-level delegation from Western Australia earlier this week ,Why FDI in mining had not picked up though mining laws were liberalised in 1998,and then came the reply" Because the additional 400 MT of ore for exports was disallowed." Posco had initially denoted that Australian miner BHP Billiton would be its mining partner. Mr Ola explained to the Western Australian Premier,Geoff Galop that exports of ore from captive mines for captive consumption abroad was a problem. There would be no problem if mining companies came in on their own to export to the international market. Indian Steel is publicized as the most costcompetitive, the advantage that domestic companies enjoy can be traced to dirt-free ,superior ore. In Iron-ore rich states preferential treatment to value-addition is catching on.