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Every country will participate in Yoga Day this year, says minister

Union minister of state for AYUSH says no compulsion on schools and other institutions to hold Yoga Day events.

india Updated: Jun 05, 2017 15:21 IST
The programme was held in 199 countries last year.
The programme was held in 199 countries last year.(PTI File)

Every country in the world will participate in the International Yoga Day event, scheduled to be held on June 21, Union minister of state for AYUSH Shripad Naik said on Monday.

Naik said there was no compulsion on schools and other institutions to hold Yoga Day events and that no holiday had been declared as the event was an early morning activity.

“The situation is that 100% of countries in the world this year will do Yoga (on this day),” Naik said.

“The programme was held in 199 countries last year. This year, more countries will be added to the list and programmes will be held through our embassies and missions,” the North Goa Lok Sabha member said.

The minister also said the main International Yoga Day event would be held in Lucknow and attended by over 51,000 yoga enthusiasts, along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.

“Over 51,000 people will be participating. As there is paucity of space, screens will be put up in eight to nine parks nearby and simultaneously Yoga will be conducted,” Naik said.

“We have requested to the state governments to organise a big programme. NGOs, schools and colleges also have been asked to hold their own events,” he said, adding that central ministers would be attending the major Yoga-related programmes in every state.

“There is no compulsion (to hold Yoga Day in schools). We are encouraging yoga for the betterment of one and all,” he said.