CEO, Alumina Business, Vedanta Limited, Rahul Sharma has claimed that the Vedanta Aluminium has generated one lakh job opportunities in Odisha.
Vedanta Lanjigarh subsidiary of Vedanta Aluminium, the largest producer of aluminium in India, participated in the HR Leadership Summit 2019, organized by Indian Chambers of Commerce, recently here. Speaking about the essentiality of a skilled workforce, CEO Sharma said, “Vedanta is pleased to continue its efforts to support the Odisha Government’s vision to take the State economy to the $1-trillion mark by 2030.”
“As the biggest investor in the State with over Rs 50,000 crore, Vedanta Aluminium has generated 1 lakh direct and indirect employment opportunities in Odisha. As the major job creator, we can assure you that our openness towards digitization and diversity has enabled us to achieve these milestones ” said Sharma.
The company believes that promoting mining can help Odisha unlock its vast mineral reserves that can trigger a multiplier effect in the form of employment creation and economic growth.
While debating the theme ‘Unlocking Odisha’s human potential to achieve $1-trillion economy’ in the summit, the panel of speakers unanimously agreed that Odisha should tap into its skilled human capital to ramp up its mining sector.
To achieve this, the State should also provide structural support in the form of investment-friendly policies, modern infrastructure and connectivity. These efforts, in turn, will enable Odisha to become the manufacturing hub of India.
At the summit, Vedanta demonstrated some of the best practices it has adopted for effective human resource management including several digitisation-led initiatives undertaken for modern training and development practices.
The company also spoke of its focus on gender diversity that currently stands at 17 per cent-- one of the best in the manufacturing sector. At present, 80 per cent of the company’s workforce is from Odisha.
It is to be noted that the company’s investment in the region has played a critical role in the development of around 400 new micro and small enterprises.