Vedanta Group’s Chairman Anil Agarwal, has announced a contribution of Rs 150 crore to help the country in relief and rescue from the second wave of Covid 19. Vedanta is country’s leading producer of minerals, oil and gas and had contributed 201 crore last year in Covid relief.
To support the Government of India and the State Governments to combat Corona, Vedanta Limited will provide 1,000 critical care beds in 10 cities of the country. These beds will be made in association with recognized and reputed hospitals. To be attached to recognized and reputed hospitals. Each centre will have 100 beds covid care, equipped with air conditioned and electricity facility. Critical care will have 90 bed oxygen support and 10 bed ventilator support.
Speaking about the initiative, Vedanta’s chairman, Anil Aggarwal, said, “I am deeply concerned and saddened by the impact of the second wave of Covid-19 and the loss of valuable lives.” The Vedanta group has come forward to contribute Rs 150 crore towards our commitment to fight the epidemic and we stand firmly with the community and the government in this difficult situation. We believe that this extra basic system will be immediately established for the people affected by this deadly virus, which will provide much needed relief. He said that Vedanta will also provide necessary medical equipment for the doctors and health workers. We will continue to do everything possible to overcome this crisis. ”
Vedanta is working closely with government bodies and administration at the local level to provide medical facilities and care to the needy people. The company is currently supporting around 700 beds for Kovid patients at its commercial locations, which will soon be increased to 1,000.
Additional capacity of critical care beds will be created in the states of Rajasthan, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Goa, Karnataka and Delhi NCR. In the first phase, the company will start primary facilities in 14 days and remaining facilities in 30 days. These facilities started by Vedanta will continue for at least 6 months.
Meanwhile, Hindustan Zinc, ESL and Sesa Goa Iron Ore Business have stepped up to increase the supply of oxygen to Covid-19 patients under the Vedanta Care initiative. Hindustan Zinc is currently supplying 5 tonnes of oxygen per day (100% liquid oxygen capacity) which can be used for medical treatment and is in the process of increasing it by 2-3tons. Sesa Goa Iron and Business is supplying 3 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen per day to the Goa state government and hospitals, while ESL, the steel maker of the Vedanta group, has registered its plant near Bokaro for liquid medical oxygen to produce 10 tonnes of oxygen per day.
Sterlite Copper has received approval from the Supreme Court to supply oxygen from its Tuticorin plant. Sterlite Copper’s oxygen plant has the capacity to produce 1,000 tonnes of oxygen per day.
Vedanta is in contact with the producers for the availability of vaccines for vaccination for our employees and their families. More than 5,000 employees and family members have been vaccinated so far and we will cover the entire Vedanta family and our business partners in the coming days.
The company has launched a telemedicine program for Nanda Ghar communities with the facility of Doctor on Call in Rajasthan, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh. An ongoing dedicated helpline has also been set up with Apollo Hospitals to provide medical support to all employees and their families.
Last year, Vedanta contributed Rs 201 crore in the wake of the Covid crisis. This contribution encompassed three specific areas of Vedanta, the livelihood of daily wage workers in the country, preventive health care and support to all its employees and contract partners at their plant locations.