Vedanta Aluminium supports Kashipur Premier League

Bhubaneswar/Rayagada, 13thApril 2024: Vedanta Aluminium, India’s largest producer of aluminium, supported the latest edition of the Kashipur Premier League (KPL),a popular crickettournament organized annuallyby local community membersin Kashipur, Odisha. This was the latest in the company’s efforts to helpnurture sportingtalent in the region, towards creating avenues for youths to develop strong life skillsand excel in their chosenpaths.

Commencing on March 3, 2024,the KPL saw enthusiastic participation by175 cricket players across 25 Gram Panchayats in Rayagada district. The final match, which drew over2000 spectators from across the region, saw an intense contest between the Khantikashipuriya and Smart 11 teams, with Khantikashipuriya emerging as the overall league champion.The winners were felicitated by Dr. Netrananda Nayak, Kashipur Community Health Centre Officer, in the presence of several village committee members and government officials.

The VedantaAluminium – Mines team extended crucial logistical and organizational assistance towards the successful execution of theevent. The company has frequently supported the organizing of several grassroots sporting events, including hockey and football tournaments, in addition to distributing sporting kits among local youths.This latest effort comes as areiteration ofthe company’s commitment towards nurturing sporting talent at the grassroots level, for nurturing theholistic development of youth in rural Odisha.

Speaking about theinitiative, Mr. V Srikanth, CEO (Mines) – Vedanta Aluminium said, “We believe that sports not only shapes the future pathways of our youth but also profoundly impact their lives for the better in the long term. Odisha is known for producing some of India’s finest sportspersons andbyregularly supporting grassroots leagues and tournaments, we are dedicated to empowering youth. We are achieving this aimby providing them platformsto showcase their sportsmanship, adding to the richlegacy of the state’s sporting excellence.”

Expressing his gratitude, Dr. Netrananda Nayak, Head – Community Health Centre, Kashipur said,“I extend my appreciation to Vedanta Aluminium for this wonderful initiative, which provides a platform for youth from remote areas to showcase their skills and engage in competitive yet friendly sporting events. It is truly inspiring to witness them excel in their chosen sport and serve as a beacon of inspiration for others.”

Ghanashyam Nayak,a young participant in KPL,said, “I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the Mines team of Vedanta Aluminium for supporting the Kashipur Premier League. It has provided me with a platform to demonstrate my passion for cricket and instilled a sense of purpose within me. I look forward to more of such tournaments in the future.”

Vedanta Aluminium’s Mines Business is at the forefront of driving community development through strategic interventions in education, healthcare, sustainable livelihood, rural infrastructure, and grassroots sports and culture. Previously, the team has supportedevents such as the‘Suravi’ Children’s Festivaland the Rashtriya Bal VaigyanikPradarshani(National Young Scientist Exhibition)organised by the National Council Of Educational Research & Training (NCERT)in Sundargarh, Odisha. These efforts underline the company’s commitment to positively impacting lives within and beyond its operational areas,towards the overall growth and advancement of the state. Through close collaboration with local authorities, welfare organisations, and community members, Vedanta Aluminium is actively steeringa socio-economic transformation in rural Odisha. Vedanta Aluminium, a business of Vedanta Limited, is India’s largest producer of aluminium, manufacturing more than half of India’s aluminium i.e., 2.37 million tonnes in FY24. It is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. Vedanta Aluminium ranks 1st in the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment 2023 world rankings for the aluminium industry, a reflection of its leading sustainable development practices. With its world-class aluminium smelters, alumina refinery and power plants in India, the company fulfils its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorro

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *