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On the eve of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, Vedanta Chairman Anil Agarwal has said that this is “India’s moment". According to him, India is performing better than most other nations. Compared to the US and the UK, where inflation is approaching double digit levels, India's economy is growing at a rate of about 7% and has modest inflation.

As geopolitics and geoeconomics are evolving, India is unquestionably in a prime position as the entire world seeks to implement a China Plus One strategy, Agarwal added.

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The Vedanta chairman was speaking on the occasion of the company’s Annual General Meetings (AGM) on August 10. Vedanta has made over $35 billion in investments in India over the years, he said. In the last seven years, the company has made one of the greatest contributions of any Indian corporation—more than 2.65 lakh crore—to the national exchequer.

“The natural resource sector will play a pivotal role in India’s growth and employment story as the nation strives to become Aatmanirbhar. Even small policy reforms can unleash the true potential of this sector," Agarwal said.

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The Vedanta chairman said that the strongest year for Vedanta was FY22, when it recorded record revenue of Rs. 131,192 crore and EBITDA of Rs. 45,319 crore, which was up 66% YoY and contributed more than Rs. 54,000 crore to the government coffers.

“Our strong cash flows put the company in a great position for growth. We have put in place a robust capital allocation strategy that aims at deleveraging our Balance Sheet," the Vedanta chairman added.

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According to him, the company has a track record of consistently rewarding shareholders with strong dividend pay-outs. The company in FY22 has been the highest dividend paying company in India with a pay-out of 45 per share. The board has already announced interim dividends of 51 per equity share for the financial year 2023 amounting to 18,960 crore, he added.

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