Gangtok, March 13:
The Chief Minister of Sikkim Prem Singh Tamang was part of the “Yoga Mahotsav”, an event to commemorate the 100 days countdown to International Day of Yoga-22. The event witnessed the presence of Union Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal as the chief guest and other distinguished personalities, including Union Minister of Labour & Employment and Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Bhupendra Yadav, Chief Minister of Haryana Manoharlal Khattar, Union Minister of State S Meenakshi Lekhi and Dr. Munjpara Mahendrabhai Kalubhai, were also part of this grand event.
In his address, Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang acknowledged the initiatives undertaken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring the ancient practice of Yoga in the forefront and improve health facilities supported by AYUSH. He stated that Yoga has been a part of the historic and cultural existence which has always helped to connect different religious philosophies and ideologies in the last four centuries. Informing about the inception of yoga in the school curriculum in Sikkim, he added that more than 500 teachers who have been trained by Patanjali Yogpeeth are effectively imparting knowledge, wisdom, and aesthetic practices of yoga in different government schools of the state. Further, he mentioned about the outstanding performance of Sikkimese students in the Yoga Olympiad and also discussed about the online refresher course provided to teachers and students during the lockdown period under the theme of “Be with Yoga, Be at Home”.
Additionally, the Chief Minister put forth the proposal to primarily enhance the propagation of Yoga to remote areas and employ yoga as a powerful mechanism to enhance wellness tourism and improve the overall index of national well-being. To consolidate and utilize the serene environment and the climate of the state, he proposed the establishment of the National Yoga and Meditation Institute in the highland vicinity around Gurudongmar Lake in North Sikkim. Elaborating more about the proposal, the Chief Minister said, “It will be a global Institution that would impart knowledge about the importance of Yoga and conservation of nature, mountain resources, and India’s contribution to climate discourses and mitigation”.
He also proposed to organize a trans-border four-sided Yoga event so that the young delegates from three neighbouring countries of Bhutan, Nepal, and Bangladesh can participate in the 100 cities program of International Day of Yoga 2022. He added that this initiative will conform with the “Neighbourhood First Policy” and “Act East Policy”, propagated by the Prime Minister.
While concluding, the Chief Minister extended his best wishes to the Ministry of AYUSH for their effort and undertaking to unite the country with their brilliant initiatives and thanked the Union Ministe Sarbananda Sonowal for personally extending an invitation to be a part of this event.
Minister B.S Panth, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, and Special Secretary Pramod Kumar Pathak, Pujya Swami Chidananda Saraswati, senior officials, and dignitaries were also part of this grand event.