New Delhi. Vedanta Limited, one of the world’s largest natural resource companies, has made a positive impact on the lives of 42.30 million people across the country through its various social development initiatives. The company made this announcement in its first social impact – CSR report released on Friday. The company spent Rs 331 crore in the last financial year on various CSR activities, including pandemic relief works, children’s well-being and education, women empowerment, health care, sustainable agriculture and animal welfare, youth market skills, environmental protection, community The focus was on infrastructure development etc.
The Comprehensive Social Impact Report was done in 56 Promise projects across the country in various sectors including education, sustainable livelihoods, health, skills, women’s empowerment, environment, sports, water, sanitation and community development along with targets and objectives, implementation and audit guidelines. Explains Vedanta’s CSR policy including ongoing activities.
Earlier this year, Vedanta through the Anil Agarwal Foundation (AAF) announced a social development roadmap and pledged Rs 5,000 crore for its rural upliftment programs as part of their Give Back Towards Its Rural Upliftment programmes. AAF’s ‘Swasth Gaon Abhiyan’ will provide end-to-end health services in 1,000 villages across 12 states, positively impacting the lives of over two million people.
AAF is also running its flagship Nand Ghar program in partnership with the Ministry of Women and Child Development, which aims to provide critical access to nutrition, health care, education and women’s empowerment. With a view to transforming the lives of 7 crore children and 2 crore women in 13.7 lakh Anganwadis in India, about 2400 Nand Ghars have been established in 11 states.
Anil Agarwal, Chairman, Vedanta Resources said that Vedanta is a responsible natural resource company and has always achieved its objective in giving back to the community and this is an inherent part of the Vedanta ethos. Over the years, Vedanta has been positively impacting lives through providing inclusive growth of our communities through health, education, skills and livelihoods and the trust that develops with our communities. We will continue to increase it as much as possible.
As part of its many interventions, Vedanta has also provided significant support to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Vedanta pledged Rs 201 crore in the fight against COVID-19, including a donation of Rs 101 crore to the PM-CARES Fund and support for communities, daily wage workers, preventive health care and welfare of employees, contract partners or business partners. An additional Rs 100 crore is included for this. At least 15 lakh people have benefited from Vedanta’s COVID Care initiative.
Additionally, this year under Vedanta Cares, field hospitals with 100 critical care beds with oxygen and ventilator support have been set up at 10 locations and more than 20 lakh liters of oxygen have been supplied to the patients affected by COVID.
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