International Yoga Day: Uncertainty over Jalandhar dist team’s participation

  • Jatinder Kohli, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Jun 20, 2016 13:30 IST
People performing yoga in Jalandhar. (HT Photo)

The participation of the district team in the mega event of second International Yoga Day on June 21, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi would perform Yoga at the Capitol Complex, Chandigarh, has been put in doubt with heavy rush of participants for the event.

The district administration has set up a reserve team of 50 participants, including 24 ayurvedic medical officers (AMOs) of the district. If the team gets the green signal, it would move to Chandigarh, otherwise, they would not be able to become a part of the mega event.

Apart from 24 AMOs, four trained health workers, two Class-4 employees and 20 other residents have been asked to wait for the go-ahead orders.

The names were finalised from a total of 557 residents of the district, who had registered themselves to take part in this programme, by the district administration in collaboration with the Ayush department, which is instrumental in holding the programme.

Meanwhile, the city-level functions will be held at police lines, PAP campus, Shivani Park Model Town and Dayanand Ayurvedic College. However, separate functions would be organised in Punjab Police Academy in Phillaur and all health dispensaries in the district.

A team of five members including four AMOs would manage the function. Two AMOs would perform various yoga aasans, one AMO would be a commentator, another one would move amid the participants. One Class-4 employee has also been attached to each team.

Earlier, training sessions were being held at Guru Gobind Singh Stadium, PAP campus and Phillaur Academy. A total of 18 ayurvedic medical officers and four private yoga experts were deputed to supervise the practice by the volunteers.

One participant said that she had joined the yoga camp at Guru Gobind Singh Stadium and wanted to go to Chandigarh for which she was doing hard work to learn more and more asanas but now still it is not final they would go or not.

“I enrolled myself after the registrations were opened by the Chandigarh administration on May 17,” she said, by adding that she was practising asanas, but no avail. District Ayurvedic and Unani Officer Dr Pradaman Singh said that only 10,000 persons were allowed from Punjab to take part in the PM’s function and there is already heavy participation due to which the city team has been put in reserve.

Appealing to the people to give thumbing response to the city- level functions, he said that if team members would not get a call from Chandigarh, they would be accommodated in the city functions.

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