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BALCO wins prestigious Mahatma Awards 2020 for its continuous community development initiatives

Bharat Aluminium Company (BALCO), India’s iconic aluminum producer, won the prestigious ‘Mahatma Awards 2020’ for its continuous CSR initiatives. The award ceremony was held on 30th Jan 2021 at India International Center, New Delhi.

The Mahatma Award honors the most accomplished sustainable, responsible and social efforts and initiatives within the private, public, and development sector and this recognition is testimony to BALCO CSR’s success in leveraging its resources, expertise, and talent to make a positive impact for the larger good.

BALCO has paved the way for financial empowerment and self-reliance of community members in Korba, Chhattisgarh. The company has rolled out various community development initiatives, health camps,  training and skill development programs and formed Self-Help Groups (SHG), aimed at empowering members of the community and enabling them to pursue their entrepreneurial ventures in farming, arts & crafts, retail, beauty & grooming, tailoring, and education.

Mr. Abhijit Pati, CEO & Director, BALCO, expressed happiness over receiving the accolade and said, “BALCO, through its community development programs, advocates for creating a supportive and encouraging environment for underprivileged members of the community, enabling them to strive for sustainable growth. Through BALCO’s CSR projects the community members are being empowered and their socio-economic condition has changed., today, under our CSR initiatives It is a matter of great pride for us that people of Korba are becoming financially stronger, healthier and are able to contribute to the socio-economic betterment of their family and society.”

BALCO has been a frontrunner in transforming the socio-economic landscape of Korba. The company has undertaken several social development projects under sustainable livelihood, women empowerment, healthcare, education, agriculture benefiting over 1,50,000 people in the Korba region. In the changing paradigm of social fabric due to the pandemic, BALCO is also helping communities sustain livelihoods, working in close coordination with district and local administration.

Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO) is India’s iconic aluminum producer. It is owned 49% by the Government of India and 51% by Vedanta Limited. Vedanta Limited is the world’s 6th largest diversified natural resources company and the largest producer of aluminium in India. 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 Cares

Vedanta is committed to reinvesting in the social good of its neighboring communities and the nation. The Group’s flagship CSR project, Nand Ghar, is a network of model anganwadis where the thrust is on inclusive development of women and children at the grassroots level. The Group CSR initiative comprises of seven key verticals – Education, Healthcare, Water and Sanitation, Sustainable Livelihood, Skilling, Sports & Culture and Employee Volunteering. Vedanta Foundation, a philanthropic initiative of Vedanta Group is focused on skill development and vocational training programmes for the underprivileged to make them employable. A key healthcare specialty CSR project is the Balco Medical Center, a 200-bed state-of-the-art Cancer care hospital located in New Raipur, Chhattisgarh. The company supports grassroots level sports through their Football academies in Goa and Udaipur.

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. Giving back is in the DNA of Vedanta, which is focused on enhancing the lives of local communities. Under the aegis of Vedanta Cares, the 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. The company has been featured in Dow Jones Sustainability Index, and was conferred CII-ITC Sustainability Award, the FICCI CSR Award, Dun & Bradstreet Awards in Metals & Mining, and certified as a Great Place to Work. 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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