Vedanta Lanjigarh receives CSR Health Impact Award 2019

Lanjigarh: The Lanjigarh refinery unit of Vedanta Aluminum has received the coveted “CSR Health Impact Award 2019” for its Swachhta project.
The award was presented during the IHW Council in Delhi by Prof. Shiv Sarin, ILBS, and Karan Thakur, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals.
The award recognizes organizations that have taken energy conservation, rainwater harvesting, waste management, composting, or similar cleanroom, paint, and green technology initiatives within the noble vision of the Swachh Bharat Mission.
“The Lanjigarh division of Vedanta Aluminum has been working on a holistic hygiene and sanitation service that works with the government and involves the active participation of villagers in the establishment of the Open Defecation Free (ODF) project,” said Rahul Sharma, CEO of Alumina Business.
“This award confirms efforts to use the best sanitation practices within the block. It is commendable that the joint efforts of all teams have led to such a positive outcome. We are committed to a better and sustainable lifestyle that is free of sanitary diseases, “he added.Open Defecation Free (ODF) is a community development initiative within the Swachhta project, in which Vedanta’s Lanjigarh Refinery, in collaboration with the district administration, has provided technical support through its partner non-governmental organization Feedback Foundation. As part of the Swachhta project, six grams of Panchayats were declared as Open Defecation Free (ODF), from which 56 villages with a total of 5273 households became ODF.
The establishment of the “Nigrani Committee”, which involves villagers, women and children, has also ensured that villagers have access to safe hygiene practices. Their constant follow-up and rallies proved to be powerful change agents. These groups took responsibility for keeping their village clean and healthy while ensuring that no member of the village was killing outdoors.
Similarly, in each school, school committees were formed of students responsible for maintaining the operation and maintenance at school level. It should be noted that there were no cases of diarrhea in the year the project was carried out. With the involvement of the Anganwadi Workers (AWW), members of the Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) and the Self-Help Group (SHG), youth groups and influential leaders, the community has been further encouraged to participate in the deployment process. The overall result shows Lanjigarh block with much better health indicators through these hygiene measures.

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