Govt readies proposal to make yoga training compulsory for police
The Rajasthan government will soon make yoga training compulsory for its 1 lakh- strong police force in accordance with the Central government directives issued in February-end.jaipur Updated: Apr 19, 2015 17:13 IST
The Rajasthan government will soon make yoga training compulsory for its 1 lakh- strong police force in accordance with the Central government directives issued in February-end.
The police department is readying a proposal for the required logistic support, which will be sent to the Central government by the state home department, according to officials.
The parameters include the number of instructors required, the time and place for daily training as per the health conditions of a police official.
Before the full-fledged training starts, said an official, the idea was to ready at least some police personnel for the International Yoga Day on June 21.
The Rajasthan government had received a directive from the ministry of AYUSH (ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy, unani, siddha and homoeopathy) in February end, as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s emphasis on yoga promotion. The proposal would first be sent to the state government’s financial advisor and then to the Centre by the home department.
Director general of police Manoj Bhatt, 57, who is himself a yoga and meditation expert, said, “The initiative will surely help the policemen who have stressful jobs.” He said yogic techniques could lead to a better time management and handling of stress and fatigue in the police force.
Additional director general of police (training) Nand Kishore, who is looking after the proposal, said there was need of at least 60 full-time and part-time yoga instructors for range headquarters, district headquarters, and the police training centres.
So far, physical training teachers had been training yoga asanas to the police personnel. But, there had not been any full-fledged yoga classes, the officials said.
The daily compulsory yoga drill would comprise 12-step surya namaskar pranayam and health specific-asanas. It would be the duty of the yoga instructor to prescribe general and specific yoga sessions as per a police man’s health conditions.
However, the general sessions would primarily have the series of common asanas which everybody can practise easily, officials said.
First Published: Apr 19, 2015 16:32 IST