A leading global manufacturer of earthmoving and construction equipment, JCB has been active in India since 1979. Through its subsidiary, JCB India Limited, the UK company today employs 5,000 people in India, and operates five state-of-the-art factories: in Ballabgarh (near New Delhi), in Pune, and in Jaipur. Products made in these factories have been exported to more than 85 countries around the world.
JCB’s desire to create an enduring cultural legacy in India is based on this substantial and long-standing involvement in the country’s social and economic life. In 2018, the company established the JCB Literature Foundation, whose purpose is to promote the art of literature in India, and whose principal activity is to administer The JCB Prize for Literature.
The JCB Literature Foundation, a not-for-profit company registered under Section 8 of the Indian Companies Act, is single-handedly responsible for running the Prize. Neither JCB, nor any of its personnel or subsidiaries, has any influence over the choice of jury members, nor over their eventual decisions.