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20 Aug 2008

Vedanta Resources

Vedanta response to Survival International media statement

Vedanta has, on several occasions, offered Survival the opportunity to discuss the project with us...Survival has so far not chosen to do so. The Lanjigarh bauxite mining project was thoroughly studied by the Central Government of India as well as the State Government of Orissa. All issues concerning this project were thoroughly reviewed by expert bodies appointed with the concurrence of the Supreme Court of India. There are no outstanding issues and the bauxite mining project has now been approved by the Supreme Court of India. Vedanta is pleased that the project has been approved and is committed to implementing it in accordance with the guidelines and safeguards laid down by the Supreme Court of India.

Part of the following timelines

Survival Intl. names "unholy trinity – the 3 worst companies abusing tribal peoples' rights": Vedanta, Perenco & Samling

India: Tribespeople protest against Vedanta's bid to expand its aluminium refinery in Orissa

OECD to consider Survival Intl. complaint against Vedanta regarding plans to mine on tribal lands in Orissa, India

Memorandum of Evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights: Enquiry on Business & Human Rights

Survival Intl. submission to UK Joint Committee on Human Rights

Report says UK companies “getting away” with human rights abuses abroad - proposes new UK Commission on Business, Human Rights & Environment

Vedanta Resources lawsuit (re Dongria Kondh in Orissa)