The other distinguished personalities gracing this special occasion will include Minister of Labour and Employment Mallikarjun Kharge and Minister of State for Labour and Employment Harish Rawat.
The Prime Minister's Shram Awards are announced on the eve of Republic Day/Independence Day. The Awards for the years 2005, 2006 and 2007 were announced on the eve of Independence Day 2007, 2008 and 2009 respectively.
Prime Minister's Shram Awards are given in various categories which include, Shram Ratna, the highest Award among the Shram Awards and carries a cash award of Rs. 2,00,000/- along with a 'Sanad'.
'Shram Bhushan', the total number of Shram Bhushan Award is four, and it carries a cash award of Rs. 1,00,000/- and 'Sanad'.
The total number of awardees from Public Sectors is 13, 11 and 2 during the years 2005, 2006 and 2007 respectively. And the number of awardees from Private Sector is 2, 3 and 2 during 2005, 2006 and 2007 respectively.
'Shram Vir/Veerangana', the total number of Shram Vir/Shram Veerangana Awards is 12. It carries a cash award of Rs. 60,000/- and a 'Sanad'. The total number of awardees from Public Sector is 24, 22 and 16 and from Private Sector is 8, 6 and 6 during the years 2005, 2006 and 2007 respectively.
'Shram Shree/Devi', the total number of Shram Shree/Shram Devi Awards is sixteen. It carries a cash award of Rs. 40,000/- and a 'Sanad'. The total number of awardees is 9, 8 and 17 and from Private Sector it is 12, 9 and 8 during the years 2005, 2006 and 2007 respectively.
The Prime Minister's Shram Awards were instituted in the year 1985, for the workers, in recognition of their outstanding contribution towards production, and for showing exemplary zeal and enthusiasm in discharge of their duties, in the Public Sector and who have distinguished record of performance, devotion to duty of a high order, specific contribution in the field of, productivity, proven innovative abilities, presence of mind and exceptional courage and also to the workmen who have made supreme sacrifice of laying down their lives in the conscientious discharge of their duties.
The Awards were extended to private sector employing 500 or more workers in their establishments in the year 2004.
The Awards are presented to the workmen (as defined in the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947) and engaged in manufacturing and productive processes and whose performance is assessable.
All the nominations received through the Administrative Ministries/State Governments in the case of Departmental undertakings of the Central and State Governments and Central and State Public Sector Undertakings and that of Private Sector through their National Associations/Chambers are scrutinized and graded by a Technical Committee.
The Technical Committee is chaired by an eminent personality in the field of technology with representatives form Employers Organisations, Central Trade Unions, experts from the Scientific/Technical Institutions of repute and DGFASLI. The Technical Committee makes recommendations for various categories of awards to the Screening Committee.
The Screening Committee under the Chairmanship of Secretary Labour and Employment consider the recommendation of the Technical Committee and makes the final recommendations for approval by the Hon'ble Prime Minister. (ANI)