The Government of India has taken another new-age initiative. All the ministries and offices of the Government of India is set to celebrate International Day of Yoga. And this initiative is not just restrained within the borders of the country, but the Ministry of External Affairs is also organizing events to witness the International Day of Yoga across the globe.
States have started to organize events to mark the day as per the directive of the Central Government. It seems that the government of India is going out of their bounds this time to celebrate this day. The Central Government has issued notifications in collaboration with the National Health Portal of India giving directives to different ministries and institutions.
The first notification that has been issued indicates that all schools and educational institutions affiliated with either the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) or Council For The Indian School Certification Examinations (CISCE) are to hold some event in their premises on the day. Even all Kendriya Vidyalayas across the country, DPSs, DAVs and institutes affiliated to Ramakrishna Education Society are also to participate. This move, as per the notification, has been issued so that the school authorities come together to motivate and mobilize the students to celebrate the International Day of Yoga.
Apart from the school authorities, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan is set to witness IDY 2016 in over 1 lakh clubs affiliated to it. The National Service Scheme, which has their presence in all government colleges and universities, is to hold events in colleges to promote IDY. 351 Universities are scheduled so far to organize mass Yoga Demonstrations on 21st June. According to news, 3.84 million volunteers have enrolled already with different centers of the NSS.
Along with educational institutions of all sorts, all the government offices in all the states are to mark the day as well. All State Governments have been asked to organize events at their Headquarters. All State level HQs, district level HQs, Block and Village level HQs fall under this.
The districts are also to hold one month or less training camps in their zones which may be conducted by NGOs or Yoga or Physical Training institutions that are linked to the District level offices. Even ASSOCHAM, FICCI, CII, PHS Chamber of Commerce, ICC, ICSI, ICAI have been requested to hold some function to mark the International Day of Yoga at their offices.
It cannot be that Delhi, the Capital of India, sits idle while all the other states are busy with IDY 2016. A set of exclusive programs has been scheduled for Delhi. The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and Rahgiri Foundation are organizing a mass Yoga Demonstration in collaboration. This event will take place at Connaught Place. More than 10,000 people are expected to participate in this grand event.
NCERT is, on the other hand, holding a National Yoga Olympiad which will start on 18th June and conclude on 20th June. Apart from these events and organizers, many private foundations have also declared that their programs in the Capital on that day. The Art of Living foundation will hold their function for government servants and diplomats in Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri and another at Chhatrasal stadium. While Patanjali is organizing two events one at the India Gate and the other at the Nehru Stadium. Lodhi Garden, Red Fort are also scheduled to see such celebratory functions.