Yoga is known to ensure serenity of the mind, but these days it's giving restless nights to many in Haryana. Officials of the district administrations, who've been told to ensure the success of the International Yoga Day functions across the state, are working overtime to achieve the target - of at least 2,100 people in each gathering on June 21.
With Haryana being the home state of Yoga guru Baba Ram Dev, who has been declared its brand ambassador for Yoga, the chief minister's office has issued directions to all deputy commissioners to ensure huge gathering for the mass demonstration of several Yoga asanas, 'pranayams' and 'dhyan'.
School children, government officials, diplomats, army personnel, NCC cadets and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will simultaneously be participate in the event (from 6am to 7.30am) elsewhere in the country.
Following the directions, the district authorities, struggling hard, have also announced to award the district that has the highest number of participants in the gatherings.
Nodal officers monitoring preparations
The government has appointed nodal officers in all the districts to monitor the preparations for the event. The district administrations have already been training the participants, most of them school children and government employees. Physical education teachers, who have been given special training, are providing in turn teaching techniques to students and others.
Sarpanches to perform in Mahendragarh
In Mahendragarh, Ramdev's home district, more than 2,400 people are expected to participate in the Yoga Day function at the Neta Ji Subhash Chander Boss stadium. More than 1,800 school children from government and private schools will participate in the event, but instructions have also been issued to all village sarpanches and panchayat secretaries.
"All the preparations are complete and the district is ready to participate in the Yoga day function," Mahendergarh sub-divisional magistrate Mahesh Kumar, who has been appointed the nodal officer for the event, told HT on Friday.
Officers told to mark attendance in rehearsal on weekends
All officers, from senior to junior level in all districts, have been told to mark their presence at the rehearsal at 6am to 7.30 am on Saturday and Sunday. Then the final and full dress rehearsal will be held on June 19 at the same time, two days before the function.