Over Rs 9 cr to be spent on PM’s yoga event

With the Centre leaving no stone unturned to make the International Yoga Day event in Chandigarh on June 21 a huge success, yoga fever is all set to grip the city.

Besides holding free training yoga sessions all over the city, the Administration will also start a "mega campaign" to make people aware of the benefits of yoga. Over 400 yoga teachers will organise training camps at parks, community centres, schools and colleges. Over Rs 9 crore is expected to be spent on the event, almost double the amount spent on it in New Delhi last year.

Participation will not be mandatory. However, employees, traders, students and other sections of society will be encouraged to participate in the event, which will be led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Ajit M Sharan, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, said they were expecting the participation of around 40,000 people in the event. “We are not organising the event to set a record, but it will definitely

be on a larger scale this time,” he said. He held a meeting with senior officers of Haryana, Punjab and the UT Administration regarding the preparations for the event.

Parimal Rai, UT Adviser, Depinder Singh Dhesi, Chief Secretary, Haryana, Anurag Aggarwal, Home Secretary, Sarvjit Singh, Finance Secretary, Ajit Balaji Joshi, Deputy Commissioner, and senior officers of Punjab were present at the meeting.

Officials from the Ministry of AYUSH gave a presentation about the Yoga Day celebrations held in New Delhi last year. Security arrangements were also discussed  at the meeting.  

The Capitol Complex, Rajindra Park and the botanical garden at Sarangpur have emerged as the possible venues for the event. 

Officials of Panjab University, schools  and colleges  have been told to organsise yoga training sessions for students.

Sources said this  time the timings of the yoga event  will be increased by 15 minutes from last year's 35-minute session. The event will start  at 7 am.

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