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India to become global leader in Yoga, traditional medicine: Sonowal

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New Delhi: Union Ayush Minister Sarbanand Sonowal has said that India is well positioned to become global leader in Yoga and traditional medicine. Mr Sonowal today inaugurated Yoga Mahotsav 2022, an event to commemorate 100 days countdown in run up to 8th International Day of Yoga 2022 in New Delhi.

He said, it is an opportunity for a mass movement to promote health, wellbeing and peace across the globe. The Minister said that as WHO’s Global Centre for Traditional Medicine is being established in India, which is equipped with deep wisdom of yoga and traditional health practices. He added that more than 250 million people are practicing common yoga protocol developed by Ministry of Ayush. Mr Sonowal said, his Ministry has taken initiatives to make yoga an Indian brand for world peace and also to promote motto of Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat.

This year the International Day of Yoga 2022 campaign will focus on the theme 100 days, 100 cities and 100 organizations till 21st June this year across the globe. For the first time to celebrate Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav, it will demonstrate Yoga at 75 Heritage and iconic cultural sites on 21st June. Other program includes Yoga programs, Yoga demonstrations, workshops, seminar to be held not only in India but across the globe. Various people centric activities and programmes will be launched on MyGov platform including Photo contest, quiz, discussion, pledge, poll survey and jingle.

Speaking on this occasion, Chief Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar said that Haryana is first state in India to establish Yoga Commission. He said, the state government is in process to establish an Ayush University in kurukshetra, Haryana in 100 acre area. Mr Khattar said, government has also taken initiative to make it mandatory to make available an Ayush Doctor in almost two thousand Public Health Center of Haryana.

On the occasion, Chief Minister of Sikkim Prem Singh Tamang, proposed to establish National Yoga and Meditation Institute at near Kritunga Lake in Sikkim. He said, it will be a global institution which will impart knowledge about the yoga. He added that Yoga is part of the school curriculum of Sikkim and around 500 teachers are imparting these services.

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