Vedanta Group India’s leading producer of metals, minerals and oil & gas, has been accredited by the Government of Gujarat for their extensive Covid initiatives in the state. Vedanta has been awarded a ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ by Governor of Gujarat, Shri Acharya Devvrat, in the presence of Union Home Minister, Shri. Amit Shah and Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Vijay Rupani.
The award was received by Ms. Ritu Jhingon, CEO – Nand Ghar and Director – Communications, Vedanta, during an event on Monday. The citation awarded says that Vedanta has contributed generously to the humanitarian cause of serving the affected people.
Vedanta has extensively supported the communities in Gujarat during the pandemic. Initiatives such as Meals for All, assistance to migrant labour were rolled out by the company to support the vulnerable and marginalised sections of the society.
Vedanta Chairman Anil Agarwal said, “Vedanta has been at the forefront of the battle to combat Covid 19 and we are honoured that our efforts have been acknowledged by the Gujarat Govt. I am grateful to Gujarat Governor Shri Acharya Devvrat Ji for recognizing our Covid-related work and would like to reiterate that as a responsible corporate citizen, Vedanta stands united with the government to fulfil our commitments.”
During the first wave, Vedanta created a safety net for employees, their families, and local communities, helping migrant workers, feeding animals, supplying ration to communities who were isolated due to Covid, and also importing machines for emergency supply of PPEs to Covid Warriors. During the second wave, Vedanta’s business units worked closely with the Central and State governments to provide medical equipment, including critical care machines like ventilators, and has supplied more than 20 lakh litres of oxygen for Covid patients. To augment health infrastructure, Vedanta has set up 10 field hospitals for COVID patients across the country.
Vedanta, which spent over Rs 400 crore on Covid-related initiatives, has rolled out one of the largest vaccination drive for its employees, their families and business partners. The initiative will cover more than 1.2 lakh people by next month.
The company is constantly striving to create an environment of safety and wellbeing for various communities. As part of their disaster management protocol, their Covid warriors are preparing and taking pre-emptive and preventive measures in case of any third wave of the pandemic.