BEL bags award for employing disabled

Bangalore Dec 4. Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL), Bangalore unit, has received the National Award for outstanding performance as employer of persons with disabilities, from the President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

The award instituted by the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment recognises BEL's track record in offering placement and a good work environment for the physically challenged.

The Bangalore unit employs 102 physically challenged people.

There are 202 employees with some form of physical disability in the entire company.

The company provides free transport, hearing aids, foldable walking sticks, and callipers with special shoes to the physically challenged employees. Special ramps have been arranged in the buildings for them.

They are encouraged to participate in seminars, sports, and fine arts activities.

The company also runs Ashankura, a school for special children, at Jalahalli here.

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