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31st March 2022

BALCO’s health camps benefit over 5000 members of the community

Balconagar, March 31, 2022: Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO), India’s iconic Aluminium producer, is transforming the doorstep healthcare services in the vicinity through its Mobile Health Unit (MHU). Operated in association with Help Age India, the MHU is serving and providing primary healthcare services to around 45 communities of Balconagar and nearby rural areas. Since its inception around 5000 residents have been benefitted from the project. BALCO organizes health camps every day at three pre-decided locations where medical aid is provided to community members free of cost.

Working on the principles of medical service at doorstep, the MHU is a van equipped with modern machinery, and is managed by doctors and trained medical staff who provide free medical advice and awareness sessions to the local communities. The MHU has been fitted with equipment for diagnosis of common diseases like diabetes, hypertension, etc. For the elderly and those confined within their homes, the MHU is aiding in medical treatment at home. Medicines for common ailments are also available free of cost. Besides providing doorstep healthcare services, the MHU is contributing to spread awareness about the importance of nutrition and cleanliness, and various health schemes and programs run by the government. BALCO organized a mega Health Camp on March 29, 2022 in Roogbehri village where free medical treatment was provided to around 200 registered patients. During the camp, various diagnostic tests for diabetes, blood pressure etc. were also conducted.

Appreciating the initiative Ms. Chanda Manjhawar, Sarpanch, Gram Panchayat, Roogbehri, said, “The rural population is more vulnerable to various kinds of diseases due to lack of health and hygiene related awareness among them. They are also often the victims of unscientific treatment by quacks due to the dearth of financial resources. BALCO’s medical service at doorstep project is a boon for the residents of Roogbehri and the health camp has further facilitated accessibility of medical care.”

Mr. Abhijit Pati, CEO and Director, BALCO, shared his vision on improving health services in the region and said, “BALCO is committed to ensure easy access of health services to the communities residing in the vicinity. We are aiming to take medical services to the doorstep of the people residing in remote areas, the vulnerable section such as the elderly and children. The mobile health van followed by targeted health camps in specific locations is a strong initiative in the direction of making Korba one of the best medically facilitated districts in the region.”

Mr. Shubhankar Biswas, Head, Chhattisgarh, Help Age India, said, “Help Age India is successfully ensuring medical care at doorstep of Korba’s residents in partnership with BALCO. The initiative is helping in increasing the awareness level of villagers towards health and its importance. I convey my sincere thanks to BALCO management for the effective implementation of this project.”

Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO) is India’s iconic aluminium producer. It is owned 49% by the Government of India and 51% by Vedanta Limited. 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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