Vedanta: Pledged 10 crore to state government

By on July 06, 2021
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Vedanta: Pledged 10 crore to state government

As more corporates step forward to help the country and Goa fight the second wave of the pandemic, Vedanta Limited was not one to be left behind. 

From donating crores of funds to the state and central governments to being actively engaged in solving issues on ground, the Vedanta Group led by its chairman Anil Agarwal, has left no stone unturned.

VIVA GOA gets in touch with the CEO of Vedanta's Iron and Steel Sector Sauvick Mazumdar for more details about the various activities undertaken under the company’s corporate social responsibility programme. 

Tell us your initiatives to help tackle the COVID crisis.

In line with our philosophy of care and community welfare, Vedanta Sesa Goa Iron Ore Business has been working in close coordination with the Goa government to strengthen the healthcare infrastructure and provide protective equipment across COVID-19 medical facilities in the state. Vedanta Group has pledged `150 crore to combat the second wave of COVID in addition to `201 crore contribution during the first wave, while Vedanta Sesa Goa Iron Ore has pledged `10 crore to the state government. 

We ensured the daily supply of three tonnes of liquid medical oxygen from the company’s oxygen plants at Amona and Navelim. To date, more than 100 tonnes of free liquid medical oxygen has been supplied to the government. We also handed over more than 200 oxygen concentrators and 125 jumbo oxygen cylinders to the state government. 

Vedanta set up a medical unit and provided equipment such as weighing machines, BP monitors, infusion warmers, stethoscopes, digital temp units, suction machines, fluid warmers, glucometers, etc. to equip state government hospitals to manage rising COVID cases.

To provide a sense of security to employees and their families, the company also introduced a term life insurance policy with world-wide coverage for all executives as well as our business partner employees.

Vedanta launched a mega vaccination drive across all operations in the country to cover all employees, their families and business partners wherein more than 1.2 lakh people will be vaccinated. In Goa, the company will vaccinate 4,000 people, including employees and business partners.

To ensure the safety of frontline Covid warriors who risked their own lives to save others, we have provided masks, sanitisers and protective gear, etc.

The Vedanta Group donated 100+ tonnes of liquid oxygen to the government from your industrial plants. How feasible was it to generate medical oxygen at an industrial plant?

Liquid medical oxygen (LMO) is crucial for the treatment of severe Covid-19 patients, demand for which shot up sharply due to the sudden rise in the number of Covid cases in Goa. Our plant has the maximum capacity to supply only three tonnes/day with the balance being industrial oxygen. 

However, considering the shortage, we decided to curtail our production and provide the three tonnes of liquid medical oxygen daily to Covid hospitals to help combat the virus. 

Your organisation also set up a 100-bedded COVID ward fully equipped with essential infrastructure. Tell us more about this facility. 

Vedanta has decided to set up fully equipped air-conditioned tented hospitals in 10 cities in 10 states. In Goa, we had planned to do the same, but after consulting the government and considering the imminent monsoons as well as the shortage of medical equipment at the state hospital, we have bolstered the capacity of Goa Medical College (GMC) to treat Covid patients by setting up a 100-bed Covid care unit. The entire set up comprises 20 critical care beds and 80 oxygenated beds. 

What is your advice to tackle the possible third wave Goa may face? 

The vaccine is the most potent tool we have today against COVID-19 infections. First and foremost, to tackle the third wave as many people as possible must be vaccinated. This can help curb the chances of developing severe symptoms from the infections. 

People must also avoid social gatherings and use digital platforms as much as possible. One should always wear a mask and use sanitiser as often as possible even after getting vaccinated. 

We must keep working towards strengthening the healthcare system to ensure proper medical care for infected persons. We all are responsible for our safety and that of others. 

Vaccination drive, Sauvick Mazumdar, CEO, Vedanta Iron & Steel Business

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