On World No-Tobacco Day, Vedanta Aluminium sensitizes communities against tobacco consumption

31st May 2022

Lanjigarh, Kalahandi district, Odisha; 31st May, 2022: Vedanta Limited, Lanjigarh unit, India’s premier producer of metallurgical grade alumina, sensitized local communities on the health impacts of tobacco consumption on World No-Tobacco Day. While the adverse effects of consuming tobacco are well documented, millions continue to be affected by it each year. This is due to the general lack of awareness among tobacco users about its far-reaching consequences on their health and productivity.

Vedanta Lanjigarh held an awareness session at the Upper Primary School in Champadiepur, today, in line with the theme ‘tobacco is killing us and our planet’. Community members, including school children, participated in the two-hour session, which highlighted the various risks associated with tobacco use and the detrimental impact of tobacco cultivation on the environment. The awareness session was followed by a public rally featuring the enthusiastic participation of the students and community members.

Speaking about the initiative, Mr. GG Pal, Dy. CEO – Vedanta Limited, Lanjigarh, said, “We are working on multiple fronts to bring about a positive transformation in the quality of life of Lanjigarh’s residents. Our deep interventions in community health continue to impact thousands every year. The anti-tobacco campaign brings together local government, community leaders and decision makers in participative action to drive sensitization on the ill-effects of tobacco. The initiative seeks to enhance health outcomes through a preventive approach, while also inducing a wider behavioral change focusing on a definite reduction in the consumption of tobacco.”

Addressing the gathering, Dr Akshay Sahoo, Chief Medical Officer of Vedanta Hospital at Lanjigarh, said “Tobacco consumption is an addiction that affects not just its consumers, but also their loved ones who need to deal with its devastating consequences in the long term. This awareness session aims at sharing this message with young students and community members early in life so that they can avoid developing this habit and proactively make positive choices about their health.” The Vedanta Hospital is a state-of-the-art multispecialty facility at Lanjigarh (Kalahandi), provides medical care to 60,000 residents from nearby villages.

Representatives from medical, district administration and social service fields joined forces with Vedanta Aluminium’s awareness campaign. Dr. Jayshree Ketan Mohapatra, Medical Officer – Vedanta Hospital, Dr. Sibabrata Sahoo, Medical Officer – Community Health Center, Biswanathpur, Mr. Sanjeev Kumar Nayak, Vice Chairman – Lanjigarh Block, Mr. Parikhit Naik, Zila Parishad Member Lanjigarh-2, Mr. Narendra Majhi, Sarpanch – Champadiepur, Mr. Subhash Agrawal, Samajsevi – Lanjigarh, Mr. Lakshidhar Santosh Ray, MP Representative – Kalahandi and Ms. Bhanumati Ghadai, Naib Sarpanch – Champadiepur, shared their experiences and insights with the gathered participants.

Vedanta Aluminium, a business of Vedanta Limited, is India’s largest producer of aluminium, manufacturing more than half of India’s aluminium i.e., 2.26 million tonnes in FY22. It is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. Vedanta Aluminium ranks 4th in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) 2021 world rankings for aluminium industry, a reflection of its sustainable development practices. The company operates a 2 MTPA (million tonnes per annum) capacity alumina refinery in Lanjigarh (Kalahandi district, Odisha), India since 2007 and an associated 90 MW captive power plant.  With its world-class aluminium smelters, alumina refinery and power plants in India, Vedanta Aluminium fulfils its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow. www.vedantaaluminium.com

About Vedanta Limited:

Vedanta Limited, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources Limited, is one of the world’s leading Oil & Gas and Metals company with significant operations in Oil & Gas, Zinc, Lead, Silver, Copper, Iron Ore, Steel, and Aluminium & Power across India, South Africa and Namibia. For two decades, Vedanta has been contributing significantly to nation building. Governance and sustainable development are at the core of Vedanta's strategy, with a strong focus on health, safety, and environment. Vedanta has put in place a comprehensive framework to be the ESG leader in the natural resources sector. Vedanta is committed to reducing carbon emissions to zero by 2050 or sooner and has pledged $5 billion over the next 10 years to accelerate the transition to net zero operations. Giving back is in the DNA of Vedanta, which is focused on enhancing the lives of local communities. The company’s flagship social impact program, Nand Ghars, have been set up as model anganwadis focused on eradicating child malnutrition, providing education, healthcare, and empowering women with skill development. Under the aegis of the Anil Agarwal Foundation, the umbrella entity for Vedanta’s social initiatives, the Vedanta group has pledged Rs 5000 crore over the next five years on social impact programmes with a thrust on nutrition, women & child development, healthcare, animal welfare, and grass-root level sports. Vedanta and the group companies company have been featured in Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2020, and was conferred Frost & Sullivan Sustainability Awards 2020, CII Environmental Best Practices Award 2020, CSR Health Impact Award 2020, CII National Award 2020 for Excellence in Water Management, CII Digital Transformation Award 2020, ICSI National Award 2020 for excellence in Corporate Governance, People First HR Excellence Award 2020, ‘Company with Great Managers 2020’ by People Business and certified as a Great Place to Work 2021. Vedanta’s flagship Nand Ghar Project was identified as best CSR project by Government of Rajasthan. Vedanta Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange.

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About Vedanta Aluminium Business:

Vedanta Aluminium, a business of Vedanta Limited, is India’s largest producer of aluminium, manufacturing more than half of India’s aluminium at 2.26 million tonnes in FY22. Vedanta is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. With its world-class Aluminium Smelters, Alumina Refinery and Power Plants in India, the company fulfils its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.

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For Further Information, Please Contact:

Ms. Sonal Choithani
Chief Communications Officer
Aluminium Business, Vedanta Ltd.
Sonal[dot]Choithani[at]vedanta[dot]co[dot]in
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