Vedanta launches ‘Project Panchhi’ for recruiting 1000 girls from underserved communities nationally, in Odisha9th March 2023
- Recruits first batch of 40 girls from underserved communities around its Lanjigarh plant in Kalahandi district
Kalahandi, Odisha; 7th March 2023: On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Vedanta Aluminium, India’s largest producer of aluminium, has launched ‘Project Panchhi’ at its Alumina Refinery, in Lanjigarh (Kalahandi, Odisha). Project Panchhi is Vedanta’s innovative corporate recruitment drive which aims to employ 1000 girls from economically backward communities, across its diverse businesses in metals, mining, oil & gas situated pan-India. The target demography of this drive is girls from lower income families who are likely to opt out of pursuing further studies and a fulfilling career, owing to financial and social constraints.
In the first phase, 40 such girls have been identified for recruitment, at Vedanta Aluminium’s Lanjigarh operations. The selected candidates were handed over their offer letters in the felicitation ceremony attended by Shri. Pradeep Kumar Dishari (MLA of the constituency), Ms P Anwesha Reddy (District Collector & Magistrate), Dr Biswajit Das (Sub-Collector), Shri. Jitendra Mishra (Block Development Officer), Panchayati Raj Institution (PRI) members from the 10 Gram Panchayats in the peripheral community spanning Rayagada and Kalahandi districts, Mr. GG Pal, Dy. CEO of Vedanta Limited – Alumina Business, and Mr. Dilip Kumar Sinha, CHRO, Vedanta Limited – Aluminium Business, and Group Anchor for the project.
The fact that these girls, many of whom are first generation learners, have made it to the last leg of their schooling is indicative of the many odds they have overcome and are hence, a talent pool Vedanta is keen on exploring. Vedanta is undertaking a rigorous selection process to identify the right set of candidates based on various criteria and will then sponsor their graduation as they undergo courses in leading institutions of national repute. Post completion of graduation, the job offers will get formalised and these girls will then join Vedanta’s operations as graduate trainees in core operations.
Project Panchhi strives towards towards inclusive development of the local communities, in line with Vedanta’s overall vision for diversity, equity and inclusion The objective of the programme is two-fold –
- To create opportunities for deserving young women from underserved, remote communities in the immediate vicinity of the company’s metals, mining and oil & gas businesses in Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Goa, etc.
- To increase the diversity in its workforce by specifically focusing on the recruitment of girls and women, who are underrepresented in the metals, mining & heavy engineering industries.
Vedanta’s Lanjigarh operations house a world-class 2 MTPA alumina refinery, which feeds the company’s state-of-the-art aluminium smelters at Jharsuguda (Odisha) and BALCO (Chhattisgarh). The refinery is currently undergoing expansion to 5 MTPA and will deploy significant manpower across various departments. This offers immense opportunities for the recruits to get a hands-on learning experience. It will also serve as an inspiration for thousands of other girls and women across India to aspire for a career in the manufacturing industry.
Speaking about Project Panchhi, Mr. GG Pal, Dy. CEO – Alumina Business, Vedanta Ltd., said, “At Vedanta Lanjigarh, our developmental endeavours in the realms of education, healthcare, livelihood & skill development, art & culture, and community infrastructure have women & children at the heart of it. ‘Project Panchhi’ is a visionary initiative by our Chairman, Mr. Anil Agarwal, to reach deeper into India’s hinterlands and enable aspiring young girls with the knowledge and skills they need to self-empower. We are delighted to select our first batch of 40 girls and look forward to the prospect of welcoming them into our workforce in the near future, grooming them and seeing them evolve into stalwarts in their fields.”
Speaking about the noble cause, Shri. Pradeep Kumar Dishari, MLA, Lanjigarh said, “Vedanta has had an immense contribution in the growth of Lanjigarh and the communities here. The initiative of Project Panchhi is a very noble program which will encourage more girls to pursue higher education and aspire for fulfilling careers, which will also make them financially sufficient. This initiative will break a lot of social boundaries and help in creating sustainable livelihoods for the community.”
Applauding the initiative, Ms P Anwesha Reddy, IAS, District Collector and Magistrate, Kalahandi said, “Project Panchhi is a unique initiative of Vedanta towards promoting women empowerment in the nation. Providing young girls who couldn’t pursue higher studies with avenues to lead an independent career in Vedanta speaks volumes about the social impact they are willing to generate in the communities. I would wish all these young girls the best for their careers and would wish for all of them to have long independent careers and potentially grow up to become bright women leaders across the nation.”
Chakri Majhi, father of Suriyakanti Majhi, one of the girls selected under this program shared his thought on the initiative saying, “Vedanta has come up with a very never-seen-before initiative in Project Panchhi. It gives me immense happiness to see that the company is taking a step towards giving our young girls the opportunity to pursue higher studies which would not have been possible otherwise, and eventually become employed in one of the world’s greatest aluminium plants. I am delighted to see my daughter get selected as part of the program. Vedanta Aluminium has contributed immensely to the growth of our communities and the Kalahandi district. This initiative will not only help our daughters grow personally and professionally, but will go a long way towards bettering their quality of life.”
Vedanta Aluminium, a business of Vedanta Limited, is India’s largest producer of aluminium, manufacturing 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. The company operates a 2 MTPA (million tonnes per annum) capacity alumina refinery in Lanjigarh (Kalahandi district, Odisha), India since 2007 and an associated 75 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.
For more information, please visit www.vedantalimited.com
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.
For more information, please log on to www.vedantaaluminium.com
Follow us on LinkedIN, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” – that is, statements related to future, not past, events. In this context, forward-looking statements often address our expected future business and financial performance, and often contain words such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “should” or “will.” Forward-looking statements by their nature address matters that are, to different degrees, uncertain. For us, uncertainties arise from the behaviour of financial and metals markets including the London Metal Exchange, fluctuations in interest and or exchange rates and metal prices; from future integration of acquired businesses; and from numerous other matters of national, regional, and global scale, including those of a political, economic, business, competitive or regulatory nature. These uncertainties may cause our actual future results to be materially different than those expressed in our forward-looking statements. We do not undertake to update our forward-looking statements.