Vedanta rolls out ‘Project Panchhi’ for recruiting 1000 girls

Inaugurates the project at its Alumina Refinery in Lanjigarh (Kalahandi, Odisha) with the recruitment of the first 40 girls

In the week leading up to International Women’s Day 2023, Vedanta Ltd. announced the launch of its pathbreaking talent acquisition program – Project Panchhi – for recruiting 1000 girls from its communities across the country.

• To recruit young women from remote areas, in the operational areas of the company’s metals, mining and oil & gas businesses in Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Goa, etc.

• To increase the diversity in its workforce by specifically focusing on the recruitment of girls, who are underrepresented in the metals, mining & heavy engineering industries.

What is unique about Project Panchhi is that this programme aims to recruit girls from marginalised communities. Many of these girls are first-generation learners who aspire for further study to have professional careers. Vedanta is undertaking a selection process to identify the right candidates based on various criteria and will support their higher education in leading institutions. After graduation, these girls will join Vedanta’s operations as graduate trainees.

This programme is inaugurated at Vedanta’s Alumina Refinery operations at Lanjigarh (Kalahandi, Odisha) where in the first phase, 40 girls have been identified.

Speaking about Project Panchhi, Vedanta’s Chairman, Mr. Anil Agarwal, said, “I strongly believe that Project Panchhi will give young girls wings to soar. It will enable girls from remote parts of the country to pursue higher education, learn skills and financially empower themselves.  Vedanta’s motto ‘Transforming for Good’ embodies our mission to bring positive change in the lives of our communities. I proudly look forward to seeing these girls succeed and emerge as tall leaders in our organization.”

Ms. Madhu Srivastava, Group CHRO, Vedanta Ltd., added, “Project Panchhi is a unique initiative towards an inclusive development of our communities and in line with our overall vision for diversity, equity and inclusion. We are confident that these upskilled young girls would emerge as leaders and become shining examples for others in their communities, states and country at large”.

Vedanta’s Lanjigarh operations, the site of the first roll-out of this project, houses a world-class 2 MTPA alumina refinery, which feeds the company’s state-of-the-art aluminium smelters at Jharsuguda (Odisha) and BALCO (Chhattisgarh). The refinery is currently undergoing expansion to 5 MTPA and will deploy significant manpower. This offers immense opportunities for the recruits to get a hands-on learning experience. It will also serve as an inspiration for thousands of other girls and women across India to aspire for a career in the manufacturing industry.

Chakri Majhi, father of Suriyakanti Majhi, one of the girls selected under this program shared his thought on the initiative saying, "Vedanta has come up with this wonderful initiative. It gives me immense happiness to see that the company is taking a step towards giving our young girls the opportunity to pursue higher studies. I am delighted to see my daughter get selected as part of the program. Vedanta has contributed immensely to the growth of our communities and the Kalahandi district. This initiative will not only help our daughters grow personally and professionally which will go a long way in helping better our quality of life”.