Vedanta Lanjigarh celebrates Women’s Day with the community members

Lanjigarh: Vedanta Lanjigarh unit, under the theme of ‘Each for Equal’, celebrated Women’s Day with the surrounding six gram panchayats. With the aim to engage the womenfolk of the community, the two-day event held a plethora of activities and events in Champadeipur, Baterlima, Basantpada, Lanjigarh, Jagannathpur and Chhatrapur Gram Panchayats.
Mr. Rakesh Mohan, Chief Operating Officer, Vedanta Limited, Lanjigarh unit commented on the occasion, “International Women’s Day is a great opportunity to celebrate the spirit of womanhood, and enable a platform to drive a holistic approach in areas of better community organization, undertaking income-generating activities and institutional linkages. Every year this day is celebrated by Vedanta to honour women and acknowledge their contributions to our economy, while also reflecting and motivating the SHG women on their consistent progress. Vedanta has intensified its community connect initiatives for the women of the region through its entrepreneurship and livelihood opportunities. We endeavour to continue our efforts in making an impact in the lives of these women and keep empowering them.”
A two-day program filled with cultural events and activities were conducted for the women. The women and SHG members were awarded for their proficiency and excellence. Several female staff working under government schemes such as Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) & National Health Mission in the villages based on the recommendation by competent authorities of Govt. of Odisha were also acknowledged and felicitated. Other women leaders from the 6 gram panchayats were felicitated in eight categories including Best Anganwadi Worker, Best Child Care Centre Worker, Best Child Care Helper, Best Accredited Social Health Activist, Best Self-Help Group (SHG) Promoter, Best SHG, Best SHG doing Income-generating activity and Best Account Keeping SHG.
The events were conducted under the presence of local officials, beneficiaries, opinion makers and leaders, government personnel. The officials emphasised on financial independence, women empowerment and linkage of different government programs, with special focus on the need of women education, health, and safety for a better society. Over 60 employees volunteered and participated in their endeavour to create a close-knit connect with the community.
Vedanta is proud of its community engagement initiatives in building and nurturing entrepreneurial skills as well as livelihood opportunities for the women and the community. Self-Help Groups are a vehicle consisting of small groups of women who foster local enterprises and involve in micro-finance for entrepreneurial opportunities. Vedanta has deployed resources through the NGO, Mahashakti Foundation, improving the lives of 3700 women part of over 360 SHGs (Self-Help Groups). These women partake in several income-generating activities for local and sustainable livelihood opportunities. In line with its community engagement outreach, Vedanta has been consistently conducting this event for the past many years with great success.

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