New Delhi: The Vedanta Limited has signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) with NITI Aayog to help improve the quality of life of the citizens of Kalahandi district in Odisha through their CSR fund as part of ‘Aspirational Districts’ initiative in the presence of NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant.
As per the SoI, NITI Aayog and Vedanta will work together to assist the district by reviewing and co-creating strategic action plans to improve lives of local communities through interventions in health and nutrition, education, financial inclusion, skill development and basic Infrastructure related aspects as defined in Aspirational Districts mandate under overall development policies of the State Government.
Vedanta, in coordination with local Government officials, and in consultation with representatives of NITI Aayog and State Government will contribute in conducting scoping studies and formative research for innovative solutions, demonstrating technology and process innovations in the identified sectors, co-creating knowledge products for informed advocacy of documenting best practices and evolving synergies between the State and district authorities to attain the partnership objectives.
On its part, NITI Aayog will facilitate the implementation of the joint plans developed by Vedanta, enable engagement of development partners and interaction with other implementing agencies.
NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said that this collaboration will help in necessary interventions where the need is greatest to transform the aspirational districts of Odisha, particularly Kalahandi.
Vedanta Limited Alumina Business CEO Rahul Sharma said that the signing of the SoI with NITI Aayog will further bolster the overall development of Kalahandi district.