Vedanta Lanjigarh flags-off Community COVID Awareness Van

17th January 2022

Lanjigarh, Kalahandi district; January 17th, 2022: Vedanta Limited, Lanjigarh unit, India’s premier producer of metallurgical grade alumina, has deployed a Community COVID Awareness Van to strengthen the fight against COVID-19. The company has also launched a month-long awareness campaign to sensitize and educate its employees, business partners and local communities on ways to prevent COVID-19 as well as address misconceptions regarding the disease. The van will reach out to 67 villages and public places to spread awareness. It was flagged off by Mr. GG Pal, Dy. – Vedanta Lanjigarh, along with the company’s leadership.

Since inception, Vedanta Lanjigarh has rolled out deep interventions in the realms of livelihood, education, healthcare, and community infrastructure, and worked with local communities to improve the socio-economic status and overall well-being. Looking at the ongoing threat of COVID-19, the company has now redoubled its efforts to improve the awareness and preparedness of the community members, especially the less educated ones. The Community COVID Awareness Van is a step in this direction.

Flagging off the van, Mr. GG Pal, Deputy CEO, Vedanta Lanjigarh, said, “Since the time COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization in early March 2020, globally, extraordinary measures have been adopted to combat the formidable spread of the ongoing outbreak. Under such conditions, people’s adherence to preventive measures is greatly affected by their awareness of the disease. Vedanta Lanjigarh has not only adopted all necessary measures to safeguard our employees from this pandemic, we are striving to ensure that our communities are also safeguarded. Our Community COVID Awareness Van is dedicated to spread awareness and prepare people to tackle this pandemic and help control the spread of the disease in the region.”

The company has put in place necessary COVID protocols to ensure the safety and well-being of its employees and families, like:

  • COVID Task Force has been created for round-the-clock monitoring of the impact on the entire workforce and families of employees.
  • 100% second dose vaccination of all employees, families and business partners has been ensured.
  • Vaccination of children of 15-18 years of age, and booster doses for the elderly and front-line employees has been initiated.
  • Business continuity plans with reduced workforce and minimum resources are in place.
  • All travel is currently restricted, with mandatory COVID test negative report and isolation for anyone travelling due to personal exigencies.
  • Scheduled COVID tests are being carried out in plants and townships.
  • Sanitation and disinfection drives have been intensified in the plants.
  • Telemedicine Facility is being made available wherein patients can connect with the doctors through phone calls or WhatsApp voice calls to get consultation and e-prescription.
  • 140-bed COVID Care Centre is operational, with round-the-clock medical surveillance and necessary medical infrastructure.
  • Two advance lifesaving ambulances have been pressed in service for exigencies.
  • Support to the community in terms of Medical Consultancy, Medicines, Ambulance Support is being extended.

Vedanta Aluminium Business, a division of Vedanta Limited, is India’s largest manufacturer of aluminium, producing half of India’s aluminium i.e., 1.97 million tonnes in FY21. It is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. 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, the company fulfils its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.

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 have been featured in Dow Jones Sustainability Index, and was conferred Frost & Sullivan Sustainability Awards 2020, Golden Peacock Award for excellence in Corporate Governance 2022 and certified as a Great Place to Work 2022. 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 i.e., 2.27 million tonnes in FY22. It is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. Vedanta Aluminium ranks 2nd in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) 2022 world rankings for aluminium industry, a reflection of its sustainable development practices. 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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