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‘Include yoga, millets to make health a people-led movement’: PM Modi's letter to Gram Pradhans

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Jun 18, 2024 02:21 PM IST

Extending best wishes for international yoga day on June 21, he said yoga and millets will help preserve soil health and aid the fight against climate change.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged gram panchayat presidents to make holistic health a people-led movement by spreading more awareness about yoga and millet which, he said, help preserve soil health and aid the fight against climate change.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the inauguration of the 2-day 'Global Millets (Shree Anna) Conference' in Pusa, in New Delhi, May 2023 (File image)(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the inauguration of the 2-day 'Global Millets (Shree Anna) Conference' in Pusa, in New Delhi, May 2023 (File image)(PTI)

In a letter to Gram Pradhan's, PM Modi also extended best wishes to all residents of Gram Panchayats for the 10th International Yoga Day.

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"As the custodians of democratic institutions at the grassroots level, I urge you to make holistic health a people-led movement by spreading more awareness about yoga and millets," PM Modi said in the letter dated 13th June 2024.

"The initiative to organise Yoga-based programmes in Panchayat premises, schools, Anganwadi's, Community Health Centres and other such places will serve as a catalyst to inspire people, particularly the youth, to embrace a sustainable, stress-free lifestyle. Greetings and best wishes to everyone for the International Day of Yoga," he added.

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The Prime Minister said that the International Day of Yoga is a celebration of the impact Yoga has had on the global community.

"Nations across the world are gearing up to celebrate the 10th edition of International Day of Yoga on June 21, 2024. It is a celebration of the impact that Yoga has had on the global community, as well as the positive changes that it has ushered in our lives. The theme of International Day of Yoga this year, 'Yoga for Self and Society' will further strengthen our efforts to build a healthy nation," PM Modi wrote in the letter.

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The PM said that while Yoga is essential for the body and mind millets promote good health through nutrition.

"Yoga is a gift of our ancient culture that helps pursue holistic health and wellness. The practice of Yoga strengthens us physically and mentally. Just as Yoga is essential for the body and mind, superfoods such as millets, also known as Shree Anna, promote good health through nutrition. They help preserve soil health and aid the fight against climate change. The rising demand for millets also enhances the income of our small farmers," he said.

Recognising its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga by resolution 69/131. The draft resolution establishing the International Day of Yoga was proposed by India and endorsed by a record 175 member states.

The proposal was first introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address during the opening of the 69th session of the General Assembly, in which he said: "Yoga is an invaluable gift from our ancient tradition. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action ... a holistic approach [that] is valuable to our health and our well-being. Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature." (ANI)

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