Chandigarh, June 20- Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal said that Yoga is not a political issue, but a medium to keep one healthy and by adopting Yoga one could get rid of drugs.
The Chief Minister, who was interacting with media persons after performing yoga at his residence here today morning said that for him Yoga is a way of life since 1977-78 and it was because of Yoga that he worked for 20 to 22 hours daily.
In a message issued here on the eve of International Yoga Day,the Chief Minister announced to implement a number of schemes for promotion of Yoga, AYUSH and traditional games so as to improve the quality of health of the people.
He said that a Yoga and Naturopathy Institute of international level would be set up at Panchkula. While Swami Ramdev Ji has been made brand ambassador for promotion of Yoga and Ayurveda, 'Yoga Shalas' would be set up in each village in a phased manner. To begin with, in the first phase, more than 1,000 such Yoga Shalas are being set up during this year. Apart from imparting training in Yoga in these Yoga Shalas, training in five regional games would also be provided. All primary health centres would have a unit of AYUSH and Shri Krishna Ayurvedic Government College would be upgraded as AYUSH University. Also, the state would have world's first herbal forest, he added.
Mr Manohar Lal said that Yoga coaches, PTIs working in schools, teachers and Anganwadi Workers would be imparted training at Patanjali Yogapeeth in Haridwar. Refresher courses would also be got conducted there for Ayurvedic doctors. Yoga training would also be imparted in schools, colleges and universities. The target of the state government is to develop Haryana as a capital of Yoga and Ayurveda in the world.
While urging the people to understand the significance of Yoga in life, the Chief Minister said that they should enthusiastically take part in the programmes being organised in the state on International Yoga Day on June 21. He said that since centuries Yoga has been the identity of India and Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi has got Yoga recognition at international level. He said that while addressing the general body of United Nations, the Prime Minister had strongly advocated for celebration of International Yoga Day. His initiative was responded positively by 177 countries. It was, therefore, decided by the United Nations to celebrate International Yoga Day every year on June 21.
He said that the Yoga system was initiated in India about 5,000 years ago, yet it has spread all over the world. In the modern times, the significance of Yoga has enhanced by manifold because of mental stress. Intense tension, pollution and fast life are making life sick, therefore, Yoga is one such scientific system which keeps our mind and body healthy without any cost.
He said that more than one lakh persons would take part in Yoga programmes to be organised on International Yoga Day at various places in the State. About 21000 persons would participate in a function to be held at Karnal. As many as 60 yoga programmes would be held at sub division level tomorrow, he added.