More than Rs 32 crore was spent on organising the first International Yoga Day on June 21, AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik told the Lok Sabha on Friday. “The total funds earmarked or spent by the AYUSH Ministry and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) were Rs 828.43 lakh for publicity through DAVP, DD and AIR, Rs 758.53 lakh on arrangements for mass yoga demonstration at Rajpath and Rs 182.8 lakh for the international conference on yoga at Vigyan Bhavan,” Naik informed the House.
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“MEA spent Rs 800 lakh. In addition, the Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN) and Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, incurred expenses of Rs 670 lakh as part of financial assistance to government institutions, NGOs for organising yoga camps and celebrations in each district,” he added. An amount of Rs 34.80 lakh has been spent on production of films and booklets on common yoga protocol.