Kolkata: West Bengal government will soon introduce `Khel Ratna` and `Khel Bibhusan` to honour eminent sports personalities in the state, Sports Minister Madan Mitra said here on Tuesday.
"The decision has been taken by West Bengal Sports Council, an apex body of sports in the state," Mitra said.
"The state has many star sports personalities who need to be honoured. Recognition to these sports personalities will also encourage the juniors," the minister added.
India`s 32nd Grandmaster Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury, accompanied by Dibyendu Barua, met the minister during the day.
The state government would felicitate Saptarshi at a function soon, the minister said.