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New Delhi, Sep 12, 2015: Nominations are now open for the 16th NCPEDP - Lemon Tree Helen Keller Awards. Launched by the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) in 1999, the Helen Keller Awards celebrate, motivate and encourage individuals and organizations working to promote equal opportunities for employment of people with disabilities.

Over the years, the Awards became the most prestigious Indian benchmark for honouring people and organisations working in this area. “We are delighted to announce that Lemon Tree Hotels - the group that actually walks the talk when it comes to employment of persons with disability is the new partner for the Award,” says Javed Abidi, Honorary Director, NCPEDP.

Patu Keswani, Chairman & Managing Director, The Lemon Tree Hotel Company said “We are very happy to partner with NCPEDP on the Helen Keller award which celebrates those who promote equal opportunities for all. This is well aligned with our strategy of building a diverse workforce at Lemon Tree Hotels by mainstreaming Employees With Disability.”

The Helen Keller Awards were discontinued by NCPEDP after 15 years in 2013 but have been relaunched this year under much pressure from companies/ NGOs and persons with disabilities employed with them.

Lemon Tree Hotels is an exemplary role model when it comes to employing people with disability. Lemon Tree Hotels was itself the recipient of the Helen Keller Award in 2010 and today has over 15% of its total employee base pan India as EWDs – a feat unparalleled in the Indian corporate sector.

The NCPEDP – Lemon Tree Hotels Helen Keller Awards 2015 will be given away in the following three categories:

1. Category A: Role Model Disabled Person: Disabled persons from within the disability sector and outside who have been active as ambassadors of the cause of employment for disabled people and are a positive role model for others.

2. Category B: Role Model Supporter of Increased Employment Opportunities for Disabled People: Individuals from within the disability sector or outside who have contributed substantially to the cause of promoting employment opportunities for disabled people over an extended period of time.

3. Role Model Companies/NGOs/Institutions: Organisations from the disability sector or outside who have shown their commitment towards promoting equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Each year a total of 10 Awards will be given away - 3 each in the two individual categories and 4 for role model companies/organizations. The Awards have historically been given on December 2nd, the eve of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The deadline to send nominations for the 16th NCPEDP - Lemon Tree Helen Keller Awards is October 15, 2015.

For more information, please contact Javed Abidi, Honorary Director, NCPEDP at 9811038018.
Corporate Comm India (CCI Newswire) 

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