Yoga day: Rawat govt to develop 12 cities as wellness centres

  • Deep Joshi, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Jun 21, 2016 20:52 IST
People perform yoga exercises on the occasion of International Yoga Day in Dehradun on Tuesday. (Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT )

DEHRADUN: The Uttarakhand government plans to develop a dozen urban areas across the state as ‘arogya kendras’ (wellness centres), chief minister Harish Rawat said at a function held in Dehradun to mark the International Yoga Day on Tuesday.

Rishikesh, Jageshwar, Tungnath, Chopta and Dwarahat are among the cities that will be developed as wellness centres, he said.

“I have asked the officials concerned to prepare an elaborate proposal backed by a concrete roadmap so that those cities could be developed as full-fledged aroygya kendras,” he said, while urging those present at the function to adopt Yoga as a way of life.

“I appeal to each of you to also ignite interest of at least 10 individuals (in yoga) in your neighbourhood,” Rawat said.

About 100 yoga teachers, he said, would be felicitated at the International Yoga Day function in Dehradun next year.

“Besides, the practitioners of yoga above 75 years who are still spreading India’s ancient system of philosophy will also be specially felicitated at that function,” he announced.

Rawat also appreciated the officials for their sustained efforts in implementing the various state government schemes relating to Ayush (wellness).

“Thanks to their sustained efforts, a yoga festival each held in Rishikesh and Jageshwar last year drew a huge response from the people”, he said.

Rawat said the yoga enthusiasts from as many as 10 countries participated in the yoga festival in Haridwar. He also appreciated the police department’s efforts in developing a yoga park each in Haldwani and Dehradun.

Earlier, senior BJP leader and Union minister for social justice and environment Thawar Chand Gehlot inaugurated the yoga day function at the Rangers’ ground.

Speaking on the occasion, he said people across the globe were now developing interest in yoga. “About 170 countries celebrate International Yoga Day,” Gehlot said while giving credit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for popularising yoga.

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