Nagaraja, Senior Technical Assistant of the Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Bangalore, has been chosen for the Shram Ratna for 2008, the country's highest award given by the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

The award carries a cash prize of Rs.2 lakh and a “Sanad” (citation).

The Ministry also awarded Shram Bhushan to four persons, Shram Vir/Shram Veerangana to 17 and Shram Shree/Shram Devi Awards to 30 persons. The Shram awardees include two women.

The Prime Minister's Shram Awards is being given to altogether 52 workers employed in the departmental undertakings and public sector undertakings of the Central/State governments and private sector units employing 500 or more workers.

The awards are in recognition of their distinguished performances, innovative abilities, outstanding contributions in the field of productivity and exhibition of exceptional courage and presence of mind.

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