The Union Ministry of Home Affairs vide its respective orders dated 24th March 2020 and 25th March 2020 issued guidelines allowing Industrial Establishments which require continuous process, Mineral Production and Movement of Goods and Cargo for inland amongst others to operate during lockdown after obtaining the required permission from the respective State Governments. Respective Union Ministries have also issued various directives to the State governments to the same affect, reiterated in the State Empowered committee meeting and the order issued by Member Secretary State Disaster Management Authority.
Subsequently, Ministry of Home Affairs clarified vide its order dated 29.03.2020 clarified that transportation of all goods, without distinction of essential and non-essential be allowed.
There are some hindrances in smooth running of operations despite securing State Government’s permission hence, we would like to inform you that Vedanta’s Iron Ore Karnataka Business, which is categorised as an industry requiring continuous process, resumed limited operations including unloading/ loading of iron fines and iron lumps at its Megalahalli location of Chitradurga district after obtaining necessary permissions from office of District Collector – Chitradurga. This is following the State Approval vide District Collector office order dated 30th March’ 20, allowing Vedanta’s Iron Ore Karnataka Business to restart limited operations subject to necessary precautions as mandated by various advisories being implemented for a safe working environment.
According to Mr. Krishna Reddy, Director, Vedanta- Iron Ore Karnataka Business, “Vedanta Iron Ore Business is ensuring strict conformism of health guidelines at workplace and are operating with minimum possible workforce. Our organisation is also following reinforced level of strict protocols for personal hygiene, sanitation and social distancing. All our workers are provided with protective gears and masks. We are fully in compliance with the required safety measures and shall continue to abide by all further advisories. Vedanta remains fully committed to ensure the safety of its people, environment and the communities around.”.
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