And the top award is around 600 cars!

NARENDRA Modi, India’s Prime Minister, has helped a diamond merchant hand over no fewer than 600 cars to his employees as a thank-you for their efforts.

The employees, of Hari Krishna Exporters, a diamond trading company run by Savji Dholakia, received the Suzuki cars, made in India, with a total showroom value of more than £1.5m.

And a further 1,000 staff were offered gifts of cash deposits and apartments, in a huge outdoor ceremony in Surat, Gujarat.

Indians often give each other gifts in the run-up to Diwali, a major Hindu annual festival, celebrating the triumph of good over evil.

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 India capital of New Delhi.

Dholakia is famous across India for giving lavish gifts to his employees at Diwali, including hundreds of apartments in the 2016 ceremony.

Gift-giving in the latter part of the year, during which several Hindu festivals are celebrated, provides a major boost to India’s economy.

The gifts were part of a programme, targeting staff who have given loyal service to the diamond trader.

“The aim of this programme was to reward employees’ loyalty and dedication towards the company,” said Dholakia in a Facebook post.


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