In an attempt to make International Yoga Day on June 21 a success, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has directed all its outfits to start door-to-door visits from June 14 to invite people to attend yoga camps that will be organised in their respective areas. RSS will be holding special sessions of yoga training in its Shakhas on International Yoga Day.
The BJP central leadership, too, has directed all the state units to hold yoga camps in every district on June 21.
RSS’s Awadh region Sah Sar Karyawah Narendra told The Sunday Express that first a door-to-door campaign from June 14 to 20 will be run to appeal to the people to attend the yoga training sessions at their nearest Shakha and other places, where such camps will be organised on June 21. “On June 21, RSS is organising yoga camps at 2,500 places in Awadh region. A yoga session of around 30 minutes will be held and a lecture on its benefits will be delivered,” Narendra said.
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RSS organises Shakhas at around 1,700 places in the region every Sunday. As several non-government organisations are also holding yoga camps on June 21, RSS has decided to provide trainers to such organisations.
“Our objective is to work in support of the Central government’s programme and use our manpower to make it successful,” Narendra added.
RSS’s Sah Prant Prachar Pramukh of Kanpur, Arvind Kumar said 45-minute yoga sessions will be organised at about 41 places in the district and volunteers will try to ensure participation of at least 200 people at every camp. Arvind said that RSS has also got pamphlets printed, which highlight the importance of yoga and the role of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in getting June 21 declared as International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly.
In PM’s Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) is organising an online essay competition for its students on “Yoga and Human Value”. Winners will be rewarded with cash during a two-day seminar-cum-workshop. The theme of the seminar will be “Ashtanga Yoga and Human Values”.