Mr Chewang Norphel- the Glacier Man has been awarded “ Padma Shri “by the Government of India, for his remarkable work done for water conservation, Taming of Glaciers, constructing numerous water bodies etc., under the watershed development program. Now his expertise needs to be taken to the logical next stage of judiciously utilizing the conserved water resources and create High value Agri. & Horticultural crops, provide the buy-back opportunity, process and do value addition to increase the income levels of the farmers. Mr Norphel is also known nationally & internationally for completing the “ World’s highest Watershed Development Project” and has received numerous national & International awards. Mr. Norphel is the Chairman of Ladakh Farmers & Producers Cooperative Ltd.
Receiving Padma Shri award from the Indian President Pranab Mukherjee during Padma Awards 2015 function at Rashtrapati Bhavan. (Photo: PTI)
Beginning of a great & long lasting friendship between Mr.Chewang Norphel & M.L.Mantoo in the year 2000