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17th March 2024

BALCO’s Mega Health Camp brings quality healthcare to rural communities in Chotia

Balconagar; 17th March 2024: Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO), India’s iconic aluminium producer and a unit of Vedanta Aluminium, recently organized a Mega Health Camp in Bhujankacchar, Chotia, in Korba district, in collaboration with the District Health Department. Undertaken with the aim of providing primary healthcare services to people in remote areas towards enhancing the community’s overall well-being, the camp witnessed a footfall of over 110 people who turned up to seek crucial primary healthcare, provided free-of-cost by the company.

During the camp, a dedicated team comprising doctors, community health officials, rural health coordinators, support staff, and nurses from several primary health centers, sub-health centers, and community health centers in the region together delivered essential health consultations and treatment to the community members. Apart from primary health check-ups, necessary medicines were also provided free-of-cost to the patients for their continued wellbeing.

The Mega Health Camp also supported those seeking long-term medical support by spreading awareness on the Government of India’s Ayushman Bharat scheme, through which beneficiaries could avail of affordable healthcare at government facilities. Notably, the camp was attended by residents from across 5 villages in the surrounding areas of Chotia.

Highlighting the impact of the initiative, Mr. Rajesh Kumar, CEO and Director, BALCO, said, “At BALCO, we are dedicated to fostering the well-being of our communities. Central to this mission is the commitment to ensuring accessible and reliable healthcare. We recognize the transformative power of good health in empowering individuals and building flourishing communities. The resounding success of the Mega Health Camp in Chotia is a testament to this dedication. It reinforces our resolve to deploy initiatives that elevate community welfare, broaden opportunities, and catalyze holistic social progress.”

Appreciating the Mega Health Camp initiative, Mr. Rati Ram, Sarpanch of Ghuchapur, said, “This camp has helped deliver essential healthcare services closer to our doorsteps, helping ensure that those in need got an opportunity to more easily address their medical concerns. It has also boosted accessibility and awareness regarding quality healthcare, and we eagerly anticipate similar initiatives going forward. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to BALCO and the District Health Department for organizing the Mega Health Camp in Chotia.”

BALCO is focused on serving the community through impactful healthcare interventions under its Project Arogya. The company ensures accessibility of quality primary healthcare services for communities through Rural Health Posts and awareness creation through campaigns on crucial topics such as HIV, maternal & child health, malnutrition, etc. Further, the company also operates a mobile health van every 15 days, effectively bringing quality healthcare right to the doorstep. It also organizes mega health camps and awareness campaigns, promoting vaccinations and hygiene practices, while ensuring accessible healthcare through home visits and specialized consultations. Through its curative and preventive services, the company has reached out to over 45,000 individuals in FY24 so far.

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. BALCO is part of Vedanta’s Aluminium Business, a division of Vedanta Limited, which is India’s largest manufacturer of aluminium. Vedanta Aluminium ranks 1st in the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment 2023 world rankings for the aluminium industry, a reflection of its sustainable development practices. 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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