Vedanta Ltd Odisha operations which include it Lanjigarh alumina refinery has come to the rescue of around seven lakh people across the state. The diversified metals and mining conglomerate has joined hands with the state government to step up awareness on the virulent Covid-19 pandemic.
As critical industries, Vedanta’s two plants in Odisha are operational adhering to all COVID-19 protocols laid down by the State and Central governments, operating with minimum manpower and resources.
At the same time, both units have marshalled resources to undertake preventive measures for their employees, business associates as well as their communities at large in, around and far beyond their plant areas.
Vedanta’s Alumina Business CEO Rahul Sharma, said, “At Vedanta, we are committed to extending all help possible to help alleviate the angst the pandemic has caused. We are closely working with the government alongside our people and partners to emerge from these trying times stronger and better together.”
Vedanta has rolled out a slew of initiatives for Odisha and particularly for communities around its areas of operations in Kalahandi, Jharsuguda, and adjoining areas, towards ensuring grassroots preparedness as a critical first step towards combating COVID-19: 34,000 numbers of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) have been provided to the government of Odisha.
That apart, Vedanta’s own hospital in Lanjigarh is also in a state of preparedness to support the district administration, and now offers telemedicine facility alongside a 24×7 helpline to address concerns. The hospital continues to serve about 7,000 patients per month from the community.
Additionally, thousands of Vedanta employees and business partners in Odisha have voluntarily contributed one day’s salary for COVID relief.
Vedanta Limited is one of the largest investors in Odisha, with an investment of approx. Rs 50,000 crores over the years, of which over Rs 300 crores has been invested in community development initiatives.
Both Lanjigarh and Jharsuguda operations have created livelihood opportunities to the tune of 5 lakhs in the state.
With a contribution of Rs 11,000 crores to the State exchequer till date, Vedanta continues to be a transformative force in the State economic landscape.
Rakesh Mohan, Chief Operating Officer, Vedanta Limited, Lanjigarh unit says, “For Vedanta, the safety and well-being of our employees, associate partners’ workers and the community are of utmost importance. The company is undertaking safe operations through these extensive preventive measures against COVID-19 across the operational facility, residential areas and adjacent areas. We continue to stand together in this worldwide pandemic.”
Vedanta Lanjigarh is also sensitizing the communities and as part of this, telephonic awareness sessions are being conducted for the members of the local Self-Help Groups on precautionary measures.