Shripad Yesso Naik, Union Minister of State (I/C) has called upon the people to come forward and participate in the International Day of Yoga celebrations being held in Chandigarh on June 21, 2016 in large numbers and for making Yoga a mass movement especially for youth. Addressing a press conference at Chandigarh today regarding the arrangements being made for the celebrations he appealed to the people from all walks of life to come forward to promote the rich cultural heritage of India especially Yoga as a unifying phenomena throughout the world. He said that Yoga is also being made as part of syllabus and curriculum at school, college and university level. He said that a two-day International Conference on Yoga for Body and Beyond will be held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on 22nd and 23rd June, 2016. Vice President of India, M. Hamid Ansari is expected to inaugurate the conference. International Day of Yoga will be celebrated all across the nation. All State/UT governments have been asked to celebrate the event at the state headquarter, district, block and village level.
Member of Parliament from Chandigarh Smt. Kirron Kher urged the people to rise above politics to promote Yoga, especially amongst girls. Ajit M. Sharan, Secretary, AYUSH clarified that an amount of 15 crore rupees is being spent throughout the country for the promotion of Yoga by the AYUSH Ministry. The participating institutions, states and corporate bodies are also funding the Yoga Promotion Programmes under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities. Yoga classes will continue even after the main function on International Yoga Day.
Parimal Rail, Advisor to the Administrator and Anurag Aggarwal, Home Secretary, UT Chandigarh were also present on the occasion.