Anurag Singh Thakur, the Honorable Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting & Youth Affairs and Sports inaugurated Vedanta’s 2500th Nand Ghar in the village of Miharpur, Darla, Hamirpur District of Himachal Pradesh in the presence of Deputy Commissioner Hamirpur and Superintendent of Police Hamirpur, dedicating these centres to the people of Hamirpur.
With this inaugural ceremony Nand Ghar completed its 2500th centre across 12 states in India. Nand Ghar is the flagship CSR Project working under the aegis of the Anil Agarwal Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the leading natural resources company, Vedanta.
On the occasion of the inauguration Anurag Thakur said, “I congratulate Vedanta for completing 2500 Nand Ghars as a visionary and progressive project. It gives me great pleasure to see community and business leaders unite for promoting inclusive development and empowerment of women, children, and communities. Women and Children are the bedrock of our nation, and they require a nurturing environment to develop. This initiative is working towards creating a wonderful place for children to learn and thrive. Nand Ghar is supplementing the vision of the Hon’ble PM on a self-reliant nation”.
A model project working towards strengthening the Aanganwadi ecosystem of the country, Nand Ghar is extensively working at the grassroots level in the communities aiming to bridge the urban-rural gap with best-in-class services.
Vedanta Chairman Anil Agarwal said: “It gives me immense pride to see Vedanta’s flagship project, Nand Ghar, making a big difference at the grassroot level. This project is dedicated to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of providing quality education to children and facilitating skill development to rural women. We are delighted that the 2500th Nand Ghar is being inaugurated by Union Minister Shri. Anurag Singh Thakur. These modern Nand Ghars will be the catalyst for change which will empower women and children and change the rural landscape and create self- reliant communities.”
Nand Ghar is emerging as a focal point for socio economic development of the communities. The project offers a holistic set of services to its community members, including e-learning for children, primary healthcare, economic empowerment for women and a state-of-the-art infrastructure.
Nand Ghar began its journey in the year 2015 with the vision to transform the lives of 7 crore children and 2 crore women in the 13.7 lakh Anganwadis in India and are established in the partnership with the Union Ministry of women and child development.
The 2500 Nand Ghars are the enabler of change and sustainable development with presence in 12 states across India. Nand Ghars are equipped with solar panels to ensure 24X7 electricity, water purifiers, clean toilets and smart television sets, and have become a model resource centre for the local communities. Pre-school education is provided to children in the age group of 3-6 years. Nutritious meals and take-home rations are being provided for children, pregnant and lactating women. Primary healthcare services are rendered through mobile health vans and telemedicine services, women are empowered through skilling, credit linkage and enterprise development.
Vedanta Limited, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources Limited, is one of the world’s leading Oil & Gas and Metals company with significant operations in Oil & Gas, Zinc, Lead, Silver, Copper, Iron Ore, Steel, and Aluminium & Power across India, South Africa, Namibia, and Australia. For two decades, Vedanta has been contributing to India’s growth story, currently contributing 1 percent of India’s GDP. The company is among the top private sector contributors to the exchequer with the highest ever contribution of INR 42,560 Crore in FY 2019.
Governance and sustainable development are at the core of Vedanta’s strategy, with a strong focus on health, safety, and environment and on enhancing the lives of local communities. The company has been conferred the CII-ITC Sustainability Award, the FICCI CSR Award, Dun & Bradstreet Awards in Metals & Mining, and certified as a Great Place to Work. Vedanta Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange in India and has ADRs listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
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