The Congress-led government in Karnataka has set out to observe Yoga Day, amid hints that Chief Minister Siddharamiah and Health Minister U T Khader could lead a large crowd in the capital with yoga postures. Siddharamiah and a yoga guru may inaugurate an event in Bengaluru “therefore generate more publicity to Yoga Day”, says a government circular to educational institutions. Commissioner for Public Instruction K S Sathyamurthy said the department has got a government circular he has passed on to district wings. “The activities will be coordinated by the AYUSH department. Educational institutions have been told to ensure students’ participation,” he said.
West Bengal will hold an event in Kolkata’s Netaji Indoor Stadium with representatives of a various yoga, health and meditation agencies. Arup Biswas, Minister for Youth Development, and Ashish Banerjee, MoS for Health, are in charge of the three-hour programme. “We got an invite from the state sports council and our sister in-charge, B K Kanan, will talk about meditation,” said Brother I S Singh of the eastern zone headquarters of Brahma Kumaris. On June 20, the West Bengal chapter of RSS’s sports wing will hold a camp in Kolkata.
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The government has asked DCs to organise functions from 7 to 7:30 am. The central function at Guwahati’s Indira Gandhi Stadium is being staged by Assam Auyrvedic College and the state NCC directorate. In Union MoS for Sports and Youth Welfare Sarbananda Sonowal’s home state, SAI and Nehru Yuvak Kendra are organising a rally on the AAU playground, with an expected turnout of 10,000.
The health department has sent each DC a CD from the Ministry of Ayush, said Sanjeeva Kumar, principal secretary, health. “The education department has been requested to ask its institutions to observe Yoga Day. It is a voluntary effort,” Kumar said. Schools said they have not received any instruction. “Our NCC teacher said she has been asked to organise 100 students for Indira Gandhi Stadium.
But at schools, half-yearly exams are starting the next day,” said Chayanika Sharma, principal of TC Government Girls HS School in Guwahati. Gauhati University has instructed colleges to observe the day in a “befitting manner”.
Tripura plans to observe Yoga Day from block to district headquarters and also in Agartala and across all schools, colleges, sports associations as well as police battalions. The events will include presentations by AYUSH doctors on the “benefits of yoga”, according to D C Das, additional secretary to the government and sports director.
Following instructions from the NCC directorate, chief secretary Alok Ranjan has asked DMs and divisional commissioners to engage the state’s 1 lakh cadets. He has asked them to ensure space for the cadets, including in schools and colleges if necessary. With vacations on, secondary education director Awadh Naresh Sharma has asked district inspectors of schools to open the school/college grounds to cadets where required.