Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched the nation-wide Fit India Movement at a special function in New Delhi. The mass movement was launched on the occasion of National Sports Day.
At a colourful ceremony, which included a presentation of India’s indigenous martial art forms, dances and sports, Modi said technology has contributed to a sedentary lifestyle.
The Prime Minister also administered a fitness pledge on the occasion. The campaign is aimed at encouraging people to inculcate physical activity and sports in their day to day life.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid glowing tributes to Major Dhayanchand a hockey legend on National Sports Day. Considered the father of sports in India, his birth anniversary is celebrated as National Sports day.
Prime Minister described young sportspersons as brand ambassadors of India. He said they are bringing glory to the nation on the world stage across several sporting disciplines. PM said that their medals are a measure of New India’s energy and self confidence.
PM Modi stressed that fitness is an integral part of our culture and inheritance. Our lifestyle was such that fitness was a part of day to day life. PM said that with changing times technology has led to a sedentary lifestyle. The irony is that we now turn to that very technology to define our fitness goals.
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju thanked everybody for participating in the Fit India Movement. He expressed hope that people of India together will make a strong Nation.
Several athletes have also lauded the move. They have urged the people to join the movement for the creation of a more healthy nation.
University Grants Commission has asked higher educational institutes to make necessary arrangements to view Prime Minister’s address on the launch of the movement. As part of the Fitness pledge, UGC has asked everyone to walk at least 10,000 steps and follow it up in their daily routine.