Sustainability

Our Performance

The pursuance of ventured philanthropy for inclusive growth of stakeholders has been the driving force at BALCO. Implementing need based projects for improving quality of life of the people in operational areas through substantial investments brought discernable improvement in Education, Health, Infrastructure and Livelihood conditions.

Health

Recognising the importance of health and physical well being in all round development, BALCO has always accorded priority to healthcare initiatives in its Community Development Programmes. Various healthcare initiatives that are being implemented by the Company are:

Vedanta Rural Health Post

The 'Vedanta Rural Health Post' has been established by BALCO to cater to the medical needs of the villagers residing in remote tribal areas. The Health Centre provides affordable and easily accessible quality health services. This facility is linked with the District Hospital to conduct immunisation camps arranged for mothers and children. Besides servicing health, the Centre has also become a nodal centre for spreading awareness on community health issues.


Eye Camp

BALCO organises Cataract Surgery Camps every year in collaboration with District Blindness Control Society for aging people with poor eyesight. Free cataract operations are carried out with BALCO taking care of all the transportation, food and lodging needs of patients. In eight years, eyesight of about 5500 elderly people has been restored through camps.


Jaipur Foot Camp

Mainstreaming physically challenged has always been accorded priority under Health Initiatives. BALCO organises Jaipur Foot Camp every year in partnership with Shri Vinay Mitra Mandal from Raipur and provides light-weight artificial limb made of Aluminium to people who suffer from lower limb amputation.


Immunisation Program

Immunisation of children on National Immunisation Days (NID) is a key component in the Company’s health initiatives every year. All children below five years come under this specific drive carried out by the BALCO Hospital. The field coordinators from the CSR Department help in mobilising the community to bring children at Polio Immunisation Booths.


Mobile Health Unit

BALCO operates mobile medical vans for the benefit of villagers living in remote areas. This facility includes free medical advice and disbursement of medicine. The van operates in identified villages on roster basis. The schedule is pre-determined and prior intimation is given to villagers so that they can avail the facility in time.


Drinking Water Project

Availability of potable water has always been a concern in the region. Safe water is scarce and villagers rely on few functional hand pumps. Even instances have been observed where villagers have to cover long distance to fetch water. BALCO, in association with Local Panchayats, has installed Tank and Taps to supply water in villages. This has given immense relief to villagers who are now fetching water through taps installed near their houses.


Project Jagriti - Fighting against HIV/AIDS

Aligning business with its Millennium Development Goal, BALCO is spreading awareness on HIV/AIDS among stakeholders through its Project ‘Jagriti’. To have deeper impact and wider reach, BALCO has partnered with other agencies working on HIV/AIDS like District AIDS Control Society (DACS), and Truckers Association. The Chhattisgarh State AIDS Control Society (CGSACS) has awarded BALCO for its efforts in creating HIV/AIDS awareness. The initiatives include:

  • Creating awareness among people through Camps, Workshops and ‘Health Mela’.
  • Organising blood-testing camps every month for employees as well as villagers in different locations.
  • Installation of condom vending machines at strategic locations for the promotion of condom use.
  • BALCO has prepared an HIV/AIDS guideline to support the initiative.

Project ‘Mamta’ – Mother and Child Care Initiative

BALCO has intervened in 163 identified Anganbari Centres in Korba and 243 Anganbari Centres in Dharamjaigarh district of Chhattisgarh State in partnership with the District Women and Child Development Department. The project aims to reduce the Infant and Mother Mortality Rate and mal-nourishment cases among children. To this end:

  • A district level committee has been formed under the chairmanship of Collectors of respective districts to monitor the progress of the project.
  • Capacity building programmes of village health workers, ANM, midwives and Anganbari workers are organised to inculcate safe and hygienic delivery practices and prenatal and postnatal care.
  • To generate mass awareness, healthy baby shows, street plays and traditional folk dances are organised in the villages.
  • To motivate children to come to Anganbari Centres for food supplements and pre-school education, an enabling environment has been created through infrastructure renovation, induction of dress code and use of toys for fun learning.

Cancer Project – Hub and Spoke model

Cancer has been a major health peril for quite some time, but unfortunately, remote rural areas still do not have access to proper treatment of the disease. Recognising the magnitude of the problem, the Vedanta Cancer Project has been initiated in Chhattisgarh under the aegis of Vedanta Medical Research Foundation (VMRF). A few specific initiatives under this project have been discussed below.

  • Construction of a 350 bedded Cancer Research and Development Hospital is going on at Raipur.
  • The Hospital is complemented by tertiary centres in three districts and six mobile cancer detection vans.
  • The vans are fully equipped with ultra modern instruments to screen out suspected patients from remote villages.
  • A trained cadre of field investigators works in identified areas to spread community awareness, through interpersonal communication and through specifically designed literature/graphics.
  • Three camps are organised in pre-identified villages on a monthly basis.
  • The identified cases are referred to the BALCO Hospital (a temporary arrangement till the hospital comes in Raipur) for surgery. Biopsy and other reports of the tests are conveyed to the respective Field Investigators for further follow-up.

Education

The advancement of Education is one of the most important dimensions in a company’s Corporate Social Responsibility endeavours. Realising the fact that education holds the potential for unleashing the biggest positive change in its areas of operation, BALCO has launched a comprehensive programme that incorporates several worthy initiatives.

Vedanta Mid Day Meal Kitchen

Under a tripartite partnership with District Administration and REWARDS (a Delhi based NGO), BALCO has constructed a centralised hi-tech mid-day meal kitchen at Korba to serve hygienic and nutritious food to school children. This initiative covers 272 schools in Korba. Another Mid-Day meal kitchen in Ambikapur covers 130 schools thereby covering about 55000 children from primary and middle schools in Korba and Ambikapur.


Vedanta Child Care Centres

BALCO operates Child Care Centres in association with Vedanta Foundation in operational villages. These centres provide pre-school education through the play route method and aims to combat malnutrition among children by serving hygienic and nutritious food three times a day. Routine medical checkups are carried out to monitor children’s health.


Vedanta Therapy and Rehabilitation Centre

Education is an index of harmonious development. It becomes more important to persons with disability for their development and life as independently as possible. Education as a tool empowers the individual to contribute positively in the process of development of the society and nation. Therefore it is a social obligation to ensure full development of all types of individuals in order to ensure efficient use of their abilities. Disabled children are often excluded from education because of lack of knowledge, negative attitudes and stigma attached to them.

BALCO recognizes the right to education of disabled children. Under its social commitment to this segment, it has joined hands with Inner wheel Education society of Korba and has established a rehabilitation centre to keep the disabled children move forward in education. The centre has state of art equipments to unfold the creative power in them. The centre is providing Speech, Behaviour and Physio therapy to special children of Korba region and on continuous basis 32 special children in Physio therapy, 42 children in speech therapy and 21 children in behavior therapy are getting benefited.


Project ‘Unnayan’, School Upgradation

This specific BALCO intervention in the schools situated in its operational area, aimed at improving their learning environment. The needs are assessed and then addressed effectively with a major thrust on infrastructure development and renovation of the buildings. Sanitation facilities have been improved and stages are constructed for cultural performance. In order to nurture talent, books for libraries and sports material are provided to promote extra curricular activities among children.


Project Utkarsh, Scholarship Program

BALCO has instituted the ‘Utkarsh’ Scholarship to create opportunity for aspiring engineers from deprived sections of society. The merit-cum-means scholarship covers students pursuing engineering courses from the IITs, NITS, BITS-Pilani and IISC Bangalore. Meeting academic and other related expenses, this has benefited 43 students so far.

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Livelihood Generation

Economic self-sufficiency is in many ways the first step in attaining social sustainability. To that end, BALCO has always focused on building capabilities, creating opportunities and encouraging an environment favourable for enterprise development and income generation. The Company has taken up a number of programmes to improve the lives of the underprivileged masses. These programmes are:

Vedanta IL&FS Skills School

The surging economy of India requires huge manpower to maintain the momentum of growth especially from rural India. Looking at the opportunity, BALCO, in partnership with IL&FS Skill Development Corporation has established a State of Art Skill School namely Vedanta IL&FS Skills School in October 2010 in the vicinity of BALCO plant. This is a centralized skill school which aims to impart the vocational skills to rural youth and link them with job opportunities for their employments. Currently, the school is offering 5 vocational courses which are making the unskilled youths marketable. These Courses are:

  • Industrial Stitching for both genders
  • Industrial Welding for Boys
  • Hospitality for both genders
  • Electrician for Boys
  • Fitter for Boys

Project ‘Unnati’

To enhance the economic condition of the tribal women in its areas of operation, BALCO, in association with NGOs like AFPRO and SROUT, has formed around 150 SHGs in the operational villages. The members of these groups are trained on different enterprise development skills like Masala making, Haller Machine usage, Leaf plate and bowl making, Vegetable cultivation, Sewing etc. to earn their share of livelihood.


Project 'Wadi'

To generate livelihood avenues for tribal families and reduce their dependency on forest, BALCO initiated project ‘Wadi’ in association with NABARD at Kawardha. The project focuses on Orchard Development and covers 500 tribal families within its scope. The initiative helps in cultivating barren and fallow land to generate additional income and long term return for marginalised farmers.


Watershed Project

In villages around the BALCO facilities, undulated terrain and low water retention capacity of the soil are major reasons that lead to low agricultural yield. For sustainable socio-economic development of the villagers and optimum utilisation of available land and water resources, BALCO, in association with NABARD, is implementing a Watershed Development Project across 1499 hectares of land. The watershed area will benefit 453 families in four villages.


Land and Water Management (Jalgram)

Land and Water Management is an appropriate and systematically managed technique in which existing land and water resources are managed in such a way that it increases productivity by promoting multiple cropping which leads to sustainable development of rural masses. To improve irrigation facilities and equip the farmers with latest farming techniques, BALCO in association with NABARD and AFPRO has initiated a Land and Water Management Program under the name “Jalgram”. Under this program, farmers are provided with superior quality seeds and are educated about the modern farming practices in order to increase their farm yield. This program benefits 499 families in 4 villages.

Infrastructure Development

Lack of proper infrastructure happens to be a major handicap to socio-economic development in rural India till date. To raise the quality of life for the villagers, BALCO provides necessary infrastructural facilities that result in significant improvement in living environment in the villages. The specific initiatives are:

  • BALCO has constructed Community Buildings in its operational areas. The buildings are being used for community events, medical camps, community meetings, awareness drives etc.
  • In partnership with NABARD and local Panchayat, BALCO has constructed ‘Rural Haats’. The developed infrastructure has on one hand facilitated tax inflow to Panchayats and on the other hand has been a great convenience for village sellers and buyers.
  • To augment better agriculture produce, irrigation bore wells have been installed in the operational areas.
  • BALCO has constructed concrete approach roads that have made even remote villages accessible.