On Sunday, more than 37,000 people will descend on the lawns of India Gate to participate in the Central government’s commemoration of International Yoga Day. While there will be a considerable representation from the bureaucracy, organisations like the Patanjali Yogpeeth and the Art of Living as well as students from Delhi will make up the numbers.
While VIPs and foreign dignitaries will account for four per cent of the total numbers, those from the National Cadet Corps (NCC) and students from various Delhi schools and colleges will account for nearly 27 per cent of the total representation.
Additionally, partner organisations like Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living Foundation will see an equal representation.
Data accessed by The Indian Express shows that while VIPs and foreign dignitaries will send 1,440 representatives, students and those from the NCC will send 4,951 and 4,885 representatives respectively. Participants of the Patanjali Yogpeeth and Art of Living will see 5,130 members each.
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The list of VIPs include ministers, members of parliament, chiefs of armed forces and director generals of the Central Police Forces and commissioners. Among the bureaucrats will be special secretaries, additional secretaries, joint secretaries, directors, under secretaries and deputy secretaries across Central and state ministries.
Patanjali Yogpeeth will see participation of less than 6,000 members due to security reasons. However, across India, two lakh representatives of the Patanjali Yogpeeth will participate in the International Yoga Day celebrations on Sunday.”
Sources said 107 paramilitary forces, including the Central Reserve Police Force, Border Security Force and others, will also be participating in tomorrow’s event. Reportedly, they will be aiding the volunteers in laying yoga mats along Rajpath.
Meanwhile, a sizeable representation of defence personnel will also be seen with 1,880 members.
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