Rangpoo, August 15 (IST 06:02): Shyam Thapa, legendary Indian footballer, today felicitated by the 62nd Independence Day Celebration Committee, Rangpoo, East Sikkim for his lifetime achievement in Indian football. The Agriculture Minister, Somnath Poudyal felicitated him and offered â€˜Angabastra' (Shawl). James Michel Lee from USA and Khare Basnet from Bhutan on football, Late Narayan Pradhan and Jonabeel on Education, Shanti Rai on bravery, Ganga Devi Sharma, Kalyan Majumdar and B B Subba on social service, Til Bahadur Basnet and Duga Chettri on progressive farming and Priyanka Chettri are also felicitated by the committee.
Speaking in the programme Agriculture Minister conveyed the message of Chief Minister of the state. Minister Poudyal also said that in the Agriculture sector, continued efforts will be made to increase production of flowers in Sikkim . Government will also explore the state's potential in organic farming. Highest priority will be given to horticulture and food processing enterprises for generating employment in the rural areas. ( Photo: B P Bajgain)