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Ms. Dipti Agrawal

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HZLcorpcomm@vedanta.co.in

19th May 2021

Contract Workforce to benefit from Hindustan Zinc’s Group Corona Kavach policy for Business Partners

  • Cashless policy covers over 25800 workers
  • Ensured over 5000 vaccinations so far for employees, family members, and business partners

At Hindustan Zinc (HZL), people are at the heart of its operations and partners in growth. While ensuring being responsible and thriving workplace, the company has introduced the Group Corona Kavach Policy for contract workforce against COVID 19 across locations in Rajasthan and Pantnagar in Uttarakhand.

The wellbeing & safety of human resources are the top priorities at Hindustan Zinc and give a strong emphasis on people-centric policies enabling long-term growth. The company believes that along with employees, business partners play an equally important role in the growth of the organisation. The Group Corona Kavach policy for contract workers has been taken from New India Assurance, Mumbai that covers more than 25800 contract workforces.

This cashless policy covers all corona related diagnostic charges including pre-hospitalization and post-hospitalization expenses. The company has also provided COVID Death Policy through Go-Digit Insurance company for all the contract workers in the case of unfortunate exigency. Further, COVID Task Forces are deployed to monitor the impact on the entire workforce and families of employees.

Arun Misra, CEO Hindustan Zinc said, “Our people are the biggest assets, and the core of HZL’s business philosophy has always been around the health and well-being of the employees, business partners and communities. While we have arranged all necessary infrastructure to ensure proper care and treatment of anyone affected by COVID, we have gone a step beyond to introduce the Group Corona Kavach Policy for over 25800 contract workforces to support them during these distressed times. This insurance will take care of hospitalization cost as well as compensation in case of any unfortunate event. All contract employees have been brought under this cover”.

Mukaya Simubali, Executive Director AAC Mining Executors India said, On AAC’s behalf and indeed my own behalf, I highly commend Hindustan Zinc for this immense and timely introduction of a Covid19 group insurance. I’m happy to note the kind of moral boost and confidence it has brought among the entire workforce. An excellent step, showing how much HZL cares for its people”.

Amidst this pandemic, Hindustan Zinc has adhered to the various mandated norms and regulations. The company has also introduced, as a reaction to the pandemic, various measures to change the way of working to ensure a safer working environment for the employees. The Guidelines were drawn centrally applicable for all operations of HZL, with responsibilities defined for business continuity and elimination of risk to the workforce. On the plant side, the company has taken all safety precautions by implementing government standards and protocols.

Further, the company has arranged resources across its plants and state-of-the-art townships in remote locations of Rajasthan. With rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in the state causing a huge influx of patients in hospitals and acute shortage of oxygen for respiratory treatments, HZL took the initiative of providing oxygen supply to hospitals as a substitute for medication oxygen after due diligence. The company is giving liquid oxygen through cryogenic tankers from its oxygen plant at Rajpura Dariba Complex to RNT medical college at Udaipur. After providing liquid oxygen to the administration for the treatment of COVID patients, the company has gone a step beyond and is filling 500 oxygen cylinders per day with an oxygen bottling plant set up specifically for this purpose. The company has provided 160T liquid oxygen and approx. 9000 oxygen cylinders to the district administration. This is playing critical role in COVID relief efforts. Additionally, the company will soon commission a bottling plant with cylinder filling capacity of 1200 oxygen cylinders a day which will help meet further the shortage of oxygen. Hindustan Zinc has initiated a Covid Vaccination drive for employees and their families. The company has ensured over 5000 vaccinations so far for employees, family members, and business partners.

The company has even extended the support to the health Administration, by disinfecting areas by spraying & fumigating with Sodium Hypochlorite solution and providing medical gears like masks, sanitizers & Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs). So far, around one lakh litres of Sodium Hypochlorite solution have been procured for sanitization purposes.

About Hindustan Zinc Limited

Hindustan Zinc, a Vedanta Group Company, is one of the world’s largest and India’s only integrated producer of Zinc-Lead and Silver. The Company has its Headquarter at Udaipur in the State of Rajasthan where it has its Zinc-Lead mines and smelting complexes. Hindustan Zinc is self-sufficient in power with captive thermal power plants and also has ventured into green energy by setting up wind power plants. The Company is ranked 1st in Asia-Pacific and globally 7th in Dow Jones Sustainability Index in 2020 amongst Mining & Metal companies. Hindustan Zinc is a certified Water Positive Company, a member of the FTSE4Good Index and has scored ‘A’ rating by CDP for climate change.

Being a people-first company, Hindustan Zinc believes in inculcating the values of Trust and Excellence to have a culture of high-performance in its workforce. The company takes pride in having some of the best-in-class people practices and employee centric initiatives, which have certified Hindustan Zinc as – ‘Great Place to Work 2021’, ‘Company with Great Managers 2020’ by People Business and the People First HR Excellence Award.

As a socially responsible corporate, Hindustan Zinc has been relentlessly working to improve the lives of rural and tribal people residing near its business locations. The company is amongst the Top 15 CSR Spenders in India and are currently reaching out to 500,000 people in 184 core villages of Rajasthan and 5 in Uttarakhand. As a market leader, Hindustan Zinc governs about 77% of growing Zinc market in India.