Govt begins planning for second edition of International Yoga Day

The government is all set to organise the second edition of International Yoga Day.  For this, the government will be engaging  5,000 candidates each from UT educational department and Punjab University.

After the successful completion of International Yoga Day that was held last year on June 21, the government is all set to prepare for its second edition.

The secretary of Ministry of Ayush, Ajit M Sharan, who is also the chairman of the event, recently held a meeting to discuss on various proposals for organising similar event in Chandigarh.

Plans for this year:

For the second edition, the government has planned to engage over 5,000 candidates each from UT educational department and Panjab University

This year also, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be participating in the event

In a recent Indian Express report, Sharan also said that as per the requirements, the number of candidates might increase

Also, the government is hopeful of getting 8,000 students for the mega event

The event will jointly be held by Punjab, Chandigarh Administration and Haryana

The Art of Living, Patanjali and other similar groups including foreign officials will be taking part in the event

The venue would be announced within few days

For organising the event, the government even reached out to Chandigarh and  other states like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Also, the central government has proposed to schedule a one-month yoga training camps will be set up at various places in the Chandigarh city and under the supervision of Dr Dinesh Brahmachari.

While speaking about the last year's event, Sharan said, "At the moment, we are not thinking of setting any new record. All I can say is that it's going to be a big function and we are expecting mass participation."

Last year data:

Around 35,000 people attended the Yoga session that lasted for 35 minutes

The mega event set a new record at the Guinness World Record for organising the largest yoga class at single venue

Last year was Rs 7 crore was spent to organise the session.

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