The total expenditure incurred on making arrangements for Yoga Day is likely to exceed, said officials of the AYUSH department in Panchkula which co-hosted the event along with Chandigarh administration.
Over 3,000 school students from across various districts of Haryana who were selected to take part in the mega-event at Chandigarh’s Capitol Complex, were provided accommodation in Panchkula. The arrangements were made by the district administration in over 14 locations including governments schools and community centres.
A budget of Rs 30 lakhs was set aside by the government for providing accommodation to participants, which included providing mattresses, coolers, fans, water tankers, food and buses for ferrying the children to the venue.
“We had invited tenders for all the work being carried out, especially for the food which was prepared inside the school premises and were provided to children. Coolers and fans were also arranged. The bills are yet to be cleared, but as the estimate goes, the expenditure was more than what was set aside. The department has been assured, that funds would be provided timely,” said District Ayurvedic Officer, Pratibha Bhatia.
Apart from Rs 30 lakh, Rs 5 lakh was provided for organising the 3-day Yoga training programme at HUDA Parade Ground, Sector 5, which was attended by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Yoga guru Ramdev. But the officials claim the expenditure was more than this.
Apart from this, two LED screens were also put up and generators were arranged for continuous power supply. Water bottles and refreshments were also provided to all the participants on all three days and portable toilets were also erected. Hundreds of copies of pamphlets entailing details of yoga asanas were also distributed among participants. Besides the training programme, the district had also hosted a two-day Yoga festival on June 19 and June 20 for students who had come from other districts of Haryana. As many as 200 students were also given certificates for participating in different competitions and over 2,000 special Yoga Day T-shirts were distributed among participants.