8 cos in Kerala win best work environment award

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Thiruvananthapuram: The labour department under the state government has awarded eight organizations for offering best work environment to employees.

The organizations that have won the awards are Bheema Jewellery Kottayam, MK Silks Kottayam, Keys Hotel Thiruvananthapuram, Zuri Hotel and Resorts Kottayam, Safe Software and Integrated Solutions Palakkad, NEXA (Sarathy Autocars) Kollam, DDRC SRL Diagnostics Thiruvananthapuram and Alukkas Realtors Thrissur.

In a move to encourage job creators in Kerala, the labour department announced instituting Chief Minister's Award for best employers in the state and in the government. It is in this regard the organizations have been awarded. This is also the first edition of CM’s Award for best employers.

The labour department had announced the criteria for selection. The major criterion was that the employers should properly comply with labour laws in the state. According to minister Sivankutty, factors like employment rate, employee satisfaction, skill development programs, women friendliness, labour welfare and safety measures in workplace were considered for selection. He informed that the selection process happened through online.

Reiterating the objective of instituting the award, Sivankutty said that the government is always obliged to ensure best work environment in the state.

The government had announced that textile shops, hotels, restaurants, resorts, jewelleries, security institutions, house boats, IT sector entities, manufacturing entities, factories, automobile showrooms, clubs and medical labs (laboratories, X-ray, scanning centres) are the sectors that will considered.

Meanwhile, apart from awarding CM’s award, 85 organizations received Diamond Awards. Likewise, 117 organizations received Gold Awards.

Transport minister Antony Raju presided over the event. Labour department secretary Mini Antony and labour commissioner Dr S Chithra too addressed the gathering.

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