Vedanta organizes Mega Cataract Surgery Camp in Lanjigarh

23rd February 2021

Lanjigarh, Kalahandi District, Odisha; 23rd February 2021: Vedanta Limited, Lanjigarh, India’s premier producer of metallurgical grade alumina, organized a mega cataract surgery camp on 23rd February for the patients residing in the vicinity of the alumina refinery. The camp was organized by Vedanta Hospital at Lanjigarh, in association with Mahanadi Netra Chikitsalaya, Sonepur, adhering to the COVID restrictions.

A 30-member medical team was deployed at Vedanta Hospital, with eight surgeons and ophthalmologists from Mahanadi Netra Chikitsalaya, to ensure best-in-class check-up and treatment to elderly patients suffering from cataract. Around 40 patients with complete / partial blindness due to cataract were screened and were successfully operated. The camp was flagged off by Mr. Rakesh Mohan, Chief Operating Officer, Vedanta Limited, Lanjigarh and Mr. Hemant Kumar Bhatia, Chief Human Resources Officer, Vedanta Limited, Lanjigarh, in the presence of district officials, local leaders, villagers and Vedanta officials. The first Cataract Operation Camp commenced in 2014 and since then it has benefitted nearly 650 people in the region.

Talking about this initiative, Mr. Rakesh Mohan, Chief Operating Officer, Vedanta Limited, Lanjigarh unit said, “Healthcare for the community is one of our thrust areas. We are proud to share that over the years, we have successfully reached out to the community members. Through these camps, we ensure that the quality of life of people in and around our areas of operation is enhanced. Vedanta Lanjigarh unit is committed to the improvement of health indicators of local communities in Lanjigarh and the surrounding villages.”

Acknowledging Vedanta’s efforts, by Dr. Prashant Kumar Pramanik, AYUSH Doctor, Mobile Health Unit, Vedanta Limited, Lanjigarh said, “As a part of Vedanta’s multiple initiatives towards the betterment of the society, the Cataract Operation Camp is also a regular program through which the people in need get operated through the support of Vedanta. Through the Mobile Health Unit, we have increased the mobility of providing essential treatment and health check-ups on the doorstep. The MHU visits the villages on a regular basis.”

Appreciating the program, Mr. Dulab Dhangramajhi, a beneficiary from Ambodala, said “Vedanta has always been proactive in taking up measures to ensure the health and well-being of the community. The cataract surgery camps organized by the company have benefitted many people of the nearby villages. Vedanta’s support and initiatives to improve our lives are really appreciable.”

Vedanta’s social interventions in the domains of sustainable livelihood, women empowerment, quality education, health, water and sanitation, bio-investment and community infrastructure reach out to a total of 69 villages in Lanjigarh and nearby areas, benefiting about a lakh people in a year. It empowers more than 3000 women from 305 self-help groups (SHGs), provides healthcare services to about 30,000 people annually, gives educational support to more than 2800 students, has planted more than 5.4 lakh trees in the community, and built 500 plus infrastructural projects at community level.

Vedanta is the largest producer of aluminium in India and remains the premier manufacturer of metallurgical grade alumina. 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.

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, Namibia, and Australia. 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 dedicating itself to the highest ESG standards to emerge as leaders in this space. It is among the 24 Indian companies who are signatories to the ‘Declaration of the Private Sector on Climate Change’ and is committed to decarbonizing its operations by 2050. 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 in India and has ADRs listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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About Vedanta Aluminium Business:

Vedanta Aluminium Business, a part of Vedanta Limited, is India’s largest producer of Aluminium, producing almost half of India’s aluminium or 1.96 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) in FY21. 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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