ONGC has taken a new leap in inclusivity with a unique corporate initiative –ONGC Para Games from December 19-21. With this, ONGC has become one of the first corporates to provide a platform that promotes participation of specially abled employees in various sports and showcases their talents.
Speaking on the occasion, Shashi Shanker, CMD-ONGC said, “ONGC is committed to ensure social inclusiveness and providing Equal Opportunities in Employment for the specially abled, in line with the Government of India’s mandate, for which various measures are being put in place.” He also added that ONGC currently employs 282 Persons with disabilities with more likely to join the organization.
The 3-day event will witness participation from 120 Employees-100 men and 20 women with Disabilities from 16 work centers from across the country. The 1st ONGC Para Games is majorly focused on Athletics, Badminton and Table Tennis. The participants belong to different categories of disabilities, namely, VH (Visually Impaired), HH (Hearing Impaired) and OH (Orthopedically Handicapped).
The events are categorized into 8 sub categories- Gender wise, age wise and disability wise. A total of 46 Events will be held in the 3 days extravaganza, which comprises of 5 categories in Badminton, 3 categories in Table Tennis, 4 Categories in Wheelchair and 34 in Athletics including 100 mtr, 200 mtr, 400 mtr, 2 Km Walk, Long jump and Discus throw.
ONGC has been at the forefront of promoting sports among various sections of the society with a dedicated corporate sports function that caters to the requirements of sportspersons at grassroot level. Many world-class sportspersons in different game disciplines have been spotted, nurtured and supported by ONGC through its structured initiatives. Today ONGC has more than 170 international sportspersons on its rolls representing the country in various sports. ONGCians have brought laurels to the country in Olympics, Commonwealth Games and various International stages of individual games.