Vedanta’s ‘Project Panchhi’ empowers girls from socio-economically disadvantaged communities across Chhattisgarh

9th September 2023

Balconagar; 09th September 2023: Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO), India’s iconic aluminium producer and a subsidiary of Vedanta Aluminium, has launched Vedanta’s ‘Project Panchhi’, a nationwide initiative aimed at transforming the lives of 1000 young girls from marginalized communities, within the vicinity of its operations in Korba, Chhattisgarh.

Conceptualized under the vision and guidance of Vedanta’s Chairman Mr. Anil Agarwal, the pioneering initiative offers renewed opportunities for progress to these girls, who face considerable financial and social constraints that prevent them from completing their education and pursuing sustainable livelihoods. Mr. Agarwal’s unwavering commitment to this transformative vision would not only lead to a brighter and more inclusive future for these thousand young girls but would also bring about a ripple effect of positive change radiating throughout the communities that surround them.

In the inaugural phase of the project’s launch at BALCO, 86 girls have been identified for internship under Project Panchhi. These young women, many of whom are first-generation learners and have overcome significant odds to reach the final stages of their schooling, were felicitated in a ceremony led by Mr. Rajesh Kumar, CEO and Director, BALCO and Mr. Dilip Sinha, Sector CHRO, Vedanta Limited – Aluminium Business.

Project Panchhi is also underway at the company’s other locations, including Lanjigarh, Jharsuguda and Sundargarh in Odisha. To ensure the selection of the most suitable candidates, Vedanta has implemented a rigorous selection process at each of these locations. Once selected, these promising individuals will be sponsored for their higher education in renowned national institutions.

Underscoring the importance of the project, Mr. Rajesh Kumar, CEO and Director, Vedanta- BALCO, said, “Project Panchhi embodies Vedanta’s unwavering commitment to empowering women, ensuring that every girl, regardless of her background, can soar to greater heights. An outcome of our Chairman’s vision to create an equitable world, it represents a transformative endeavor aimed at creating a pathway for these girls to not only complete their education but also embark on a journey towards a promising career. With this project, we are sowing the seeds for a brighter, more equitable future, where these empowered women will play pivotal roles in transforming their lives and the society around them.”

Expressing his views, Mr. Dilip Sinha, CHRO, Vedanta Limited – Aluminium Business, said, “Project Panchhi exemplifies Vedanta’s unwavering commitment to talent cultivation, diversity, and equality. By providing these girls with access to education and professional opportunities, we are not only changing their growth trajectories but also enriching the very fabric of our organizational culture. These young women will become the catalysts for positive change and innovation within Vedanta, propelling our collective success to unprecedented heights.”

Expressing his gratitude, Pramod Manikpuri, father of Sudha Manikpuri, one of the girls selected under the program, said, “As a parent, I always dreamed of providing my children with the best opportunities for education and growth, but financial constraints made it seem like an impossible dream. ‘Project Panchhi’ has stepped in as a ray of hope, helping my daughter complete her graduation and reach new heights. This initiative has been a lifeline for families like ours, and I can’t express how grateful I am for the support it has provided.”

Nisha Patre, from Belgari Basti, Korba, Chhattisgarh, one of the girls selected under the program, expressing her delight, said, “I extend my heartfelt gratitude to Chairman Anil Agarwal for envisioning and supporting initiatives like ‘Project Panchhi. The program has instilled a sense of purpose and determination within me. I now foresee a future where I can not only achieve my aspirations but also become a pivotal source of financial support for my loved ones, setting the stage for a brighter and more prosperous tomorrow. I am happy to be a part of this transformative journey of self-dependence that ‘Project Panchhi’ promises me.”

Project Panchhi represents Vedanta’s commitment to social empowerment and diversity, spanning its diverse businesses across India. The project reflects Vedanta’s goal of promoting diversity, inclusion and driving tangible change within rural communities. It will not only create opportunities for deserving young women in underserved, remote communities, but will also address gender imbalance within the metals and mining sector by actively creating sustainable livelihood opportunities for women.

Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO) is India’s iconic aluminium producer. It is owned 51% by Vedanta Limited and 49% by the Government of India and. BALCO is part of Vedanta’s Aluminium Business, a division of Vedanta Limited, which is India’s largest manufacturer of aluminium. BALCO operates a 0.57 million tonne per annum aluminium smelter in Korba, Chhattisgarh. It is also a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. With its world-class smelter and power plants, the company fulfills 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

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., 2.29 million tonnes in FY23. 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

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.