The Bangalore unit of Bharat Electronics (BEL) has been bestowed with the national award for ‘Empowerment of persons with disabilities (2011)' under the ‘Best Employer’ category.
Differently-abled people constitute 2.75% of the workforce at BEL's Bangalore complex. Out of the 138 differently-abled employees, 34 are visually challenged, 29 are hearing and speech impaired and 75 are physically challenged.
BEL is among an elite group of public sector undertakings, which has been conferred the Navratna status by the Government of India. The growth and diversification of the company over the years mirrors the advances in the electronics technology with which BEL has kept pace.