“A catalyst to promote fitness mission.” says Narendra Modi at the launching event of mission ‘Fit India’.
On Thursday, PM Modi launched the Fit India mission on the event of National Sports Day saying that this would help India move towards a better future. During the inaugural ceremony at Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex in New Delhi, various colorful performances were held which included dance, martial art forms and sports
PM Modi is known to maintain a yoga routine, requested people to make change their lifestyle and live healthier ones. In his half an hour speech, the Prime Minister shared interesting narratives and inspiring quotes on fitness.
The nation-wide campaign has been aimed to encourage people to infuse physical activity and sports in their everyday lives, a statement said.
A committee comprising government officials, members of Indian Olympic Association, national sports federations, fitness promoters and private bodies was also devised to advise the government on the Fit India Movement.
Modi said technology has contributed to a sedentary lifestyle. “Fitness has always been an integral part of our culture. But there is indifference towards fitness issues now. A few decades back, a normal person would walk 8-10 km in a day, do cycling or run,” Modi said during the event. “But with technology, physical activity has reduced. We walk less now and the same technology tells us that we are not walking enough.”
The launch was also attended by sports minister Kiren Rijiju and this year’s national sports awards winners, among others. “We will take this movement to new heights with the cooperation of my fellow Indians. I am so glad that this movement is being launched on the birth anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand, our hockey wizard,” Rijiju said at the launch.
The committee consisting of 28 members, under the chairmanship of sports minister Kiren Rijiju, has 12 members from the government, including secretaries of Sports, Secondary Education, Ayush, Youth Affairs, among others.