As International Yoga Day nears, Haryana govt goes all out to promote yoga

Amit Shah is expected to announce the details of the yoga commission in the state


Imagine a place where every person wakes up and heads to do yoga at a community spot! Well this is likely to be a reality in Haryana soon.

With the International Yoga Day exactly a week away, preparations for the same have picked up momentum in the state where Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be the chief guest at the state-level event in Rohtak.

The celebrations will be all the more grander as the BJP has bagged all the 10 parliamentary seats in the state.

Shah is expected to announce the details of the yoga commission to promote yoga in every institution, school, house and even rural hutments. It was the idea of yoga guru Baba Ramdev, who had been designated the 'yoga brand ambassador' for Haryana in 2015. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had assured Ramdev that he will do all it takes to set up an effective 'Yog Aaayog' in the state.

While the chairman of the commission may be the chief minister himself, other members will include people from various walks of life, including sports personalities, yoga teachers and district and block level officials.

Last week, Minister for Sports Anil Vij said the commission would be in place soon. His statement followed a meeting of ministers and senior officers from all the departments concerned, under the chairmanship of the chief minister. Sources said the idea of opening 'vvyayam and yoga kendras' (exercise-cum-yoga centres) in villages, though cleared, has not been implemented. The government may set up targets in such a way that more than half the state will have such centres before elections.

The government also expects to use these centres to provide “some level of employment, but more importantly engagement with the youth,” according to an officer who did not want to be identified. Among the ideas discussed to take yoga to every household was the suggestion that every village and ward have mass yoga events on Sunday mornings.