Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment announced awardees for the National Award for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, 2011. The awards shall be conferred by H.E. the President of India at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on 3rd December, 2011. In 1969, the Government of India approved a Scheme for giving National Awards to the outstanding employers of persons with disabilities.


Empowerment of persons with disabilities is an inter-disciplinary process, covering various aspects namely, prevention, early detection, intervention, education, vocational training rehabilitation and social integration etc. Apart from resources, it requires dedicated efforts of persons and institutions involved in the process of empowerment.”

In order to recognise their effort and encourage others to strive to achieve excellence in this field, separate awards are being presented to the most efficient/outstanding employees with disabilities, best employers, best placement agency/officer, outstanding individuals, outstanding institutions, role models, outstanding creative disabled individuals and for outstanding technological innovation and adaptation of innovation to provide cost effective technology. Awards are also given to Government Sector, Public Sector Undertakings and private enterprises for creating barrier free environment for the persons with disabilities, the best district in the field of disability rehabilitation, best Local Level Committee of the National Trust and to the best State Channelising Agency (SCA) of the National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation(NHFDC). Preference is given to the placement of women with disabilities, particularly, from the rural areas and self-employed women.

The list of 2011 winners is here.