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16th August 2023

BALCO celebrates India’s 77th Independence Day with pride and enthusiasm

Balconagar; 16th August 2023: Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO), India’s iconic aluminium producer and a subsidiary of Vedanta Aluminium, marked the nation’s 77th Independence Day with grand celebrations involving employees, family members and business partners within the BALCO plant premises.

Mr. Rajesh Kumar, CEO & Director, BALCO, initiated the celebration by hoisting the national flag, followed by the singing of the national anthem. Mr. Kumar addressed the audience and took the opportunity to recognize and applaud the gathered participants for their dedicated efforts towards BALCO’s operational excellence.

He highlighted all the important benchmarks that BALCO has achieved so far in its journey and the important part that it has played in the growth and development of the nation through its community development endeavors, environmental & social initiatives as well as cutting-edge business ecosystem. He shared the future growth roadmap for BALCO, aligned to the national vision of making India a global manufacturing powerhouse, and urged everyone to be a part of this journey and fulfill their responsibility towards the nation.

The event concluded with an oath-taking ceremony inspiring the attendees to participate in voting and enhance the principles of democracy. Mr. Kumar also paid a visit to BALCO hospital, where he distributed fresh fruit baskets to several patients and took the time to personally enquire into their well-being.

Speaking about BALCO’s contribution to India’s growth story, Mr. Rajesh Kumar, CEO and Director, BALCO, said, “BALCO has made significant contributions to the state of Chhattisgarh and our country over its journey spanning more than five decades. In our endeavor to establish self-reliance in the Indian aluminum industry, we remain steadfastly committed to striving for operational excellence. Our aim is to drive unprecedented national growth through domestic production and value addition. By prompting innovations in our manufacturing processes and maintaining a strong focus on sustainable development, we are dedicated to positioning the nation as a global leader through manufacturing excellence.”

Celebrating the ‘Meri Maati Mera Desh’ campaign initiated by the Government of India, members of the BALCO family enthusiastically joined the campaign by sharing selfies with saplings, soil, and earthen lamps, representing BALCO’s role as a significant contributor to national progress. The Independence Day event also included the recognition of outstanding security guards and employees for their exemplary performance and enthusiastic engagement in cultural activities. The event also showcased films portraying BALCO’s diversity and pride for the nation, along with capturing its enthusiasm for Independence Day.

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, 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. Vedanta and its group companies have been featured in Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2020, and were 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 the 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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