Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, August 29, National Sports Day, launched a nation-wide Fit India Movement and urged people to become more aware of health and good life.
Viewed as a huge health enthusiast himself, Prime Minister asked people to take the pledge for a fitter India.
Addressing a large crowd of children who put up a grand show ahead of the launch at the Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex here, Modi said: “We should make fitness our mantra for life.”
The ‘Fit India Movement’ has been organised to celebrate the ‘National Sports Day’ and the campaign aims to encourage people to inculcate physical activity and sports in their everyday lives, a statement said.
Ahead of the event launch, Minister of State (Independent Charge) Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju tweeted: “Tremendous supports are coming from all sections of the society to participate in the Fit India Movement to be launched by PM Narendra Modiji…
“Chief Ministers, corporates and many icons are taking amazing steps to make the programme a grand success.”
Asked by the University Grant Commission, universities have prepared for the Fit India Movement.
A committee comprising government officials, members of national sports federations, private bodies, and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) was formed to advise the government on the initiative – Fit India Movement. The committee, has 12 members from the government and will be headed by the sports minister Kiren Rijiju. The members include secretaries of Ayush, Youth Affairs, Sports, Secondary Education, among others. Reportedly, IOA President, seven NSF chiefs are included in the committee.
Reportedly, representatives of private bodies such as Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Reliance Foundation, JSW Cement and JSW Paints, SE TransStadia Pvt. Ltd., Tata Trusts, ASSOCHAM India, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), and actors Shilpa Shetty and Milind Soman are also involved.