Indian diamond merchant makes gift of 600 cars to staff
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi helped a diamond merchant hand over hundreds of cars as gifts to his employees on Thursday.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi helped a diamond merchant to hand over hundreds of cars as gifts to his employees.
Six hundred employees of Hari Krishna Exporters, a diamond trading company run by Savji Dholakia, received cars made by Indian manufacturer Maruti Suzuki, while around a thousand more staff were offered gifts of cash deposits and apartments in a huge outdoor ceremony in Surat, Gujarat.
Modi addressed the prize-giving in his home state of Gujarat via video link, as well as presenting some of the employees with car keys in the capital New Delhi.
The showroom value of the 600 cars would be more than $2 million.
The gifts were part of a program targeting staff who have given loyal service to the diamond trader.
“The aim of this program was to reward employees’ loyalty and dedication towards the company,” Dholakia said in a Facebook post.
There are around 5,500 employees in the company; 4,000 have already received their gifts, the post added.
In 2016, the diamond merchant gifted 400 flats and 1,260 cars as Diwali bonus to his employees and in 2015, 491 cars and 200 flats reportedly handed out as gifts. But in 2017 he skipped that tradition.
The diamond merchant, who is from Amreli in the state's Saurashtra region, started his business with a small loan from his uncle, says reports. (Reuters)