Chandigarh, June 8 – Haryana Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal today directed all Deputy Commissioners in the State to send their proposals, alongwith the resolutions of village panchayats, for setting up of Vyayamshalas to the Development and Panchayats Department by June 25, 2016 so that construction work of these Vyayamshalas could be taken up at the earliest.
The Chief Minister was presiding over a review meeting on promotion of Yoga and Ayurveda with senior officers and Deputy Commissioners through video-conference here today.
The Chief Minister said that State government has decided to set up 1000 Vyayamshalas in the state. Each such Vyayamshala would be built over an area of minimum two acres. He said that atleast 10 Vyayamshalas would be set up in each constituency so as to promote traditional sports in the state.
While reviewing the progress of work to set up Herbal Forest in Morni area of district Panchkula, the Chief Minister said that this is an ambitious project of the state government and it would be developed over an area of 1700 acres. He said that the aim of the State Government is to develop an international level Herbal Forest having 25,000 species of natural herbs available in the world so that herbal specialists from all over the world could visit this forest and study different species of herbs. Apart from this, this would also give big boost to tourism in this area.
It was informed that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) would soon be signed with Patanjali Yog Peeth regarding the setting up of Herbal Forests.
The Chief Minister directed the officers of Forests Department to expedite the process of setting up of Herbal Forest and also depute dedicated staff including the specialist for this purpose. He said that he alongwith Health Minister Mr Anil Vij would shortly visit Morni area to see for themselves the progress of this project. Mr Manohar Lal was apprised in the meeting that the Forests Department had identified 300 species of herbs and shrubs out of which 200 species have been selected. It was also informed that plantation of the same has been done on 260 acres last year whereas, plantation would be carried out on 500 acres, this year.
The Chief Minister also asked all the Deputy Commissioners about the preparedness for training and selection of participants for the National level programme on International Yoga Day on June 21 at Chandigarh where Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi would be Chief Guest. The Deputy Commissioners informed him that all arrangements have been made and training as well as selection of participants have already been completed. Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula apprised the Chief Minister that adequate arrangements for board and lodging of over 10000 participants have been made by the district administration for June 20, 2016.
Health Minister Mr Anil Vij asked the Deputy Commissioners to identify land for setting up of Vyayamshalas near to the habitation so that maximum people could take their benefit. He said that State Government intends to promote Yoga and Ayurveda right upto the village level.
Those present in the meeting included Chief Secretary Mr D. S. Dhesi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr Rajesh Khullar, Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) Health Mr P.K. Mahapatra, ACS Finance Mr Sanjeev Kaushal, ACS Development and Panchayats Mrs Navraj Sandhu, Director Ayush Dr. Saket Kumar and other senior officer.