Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a Fit India Movement on the occasion of National Sports Day. The inaugural event was held at Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex in New Delhi.
The launch was also attended by sports minister Kiren Rijiju and this year’s national sports awards winners, among others. Fit India Movement is a nation-wide campaign which aims at encouraging people to include physical activity and sports in their everyday lives.
While addressing the Nation PM Modi emphasized on the importance of fitness said that healthy India should be our goal and called for a strict control on lifestyles of the people. He said that people should change their mindset and work on their physical fitness.
“Fitness has always been an integral part of our culture. But there is indifference towards fitness issues now. A few decades back, a normal person would walk 8-10 km in a day, do cycling or run, but with technology, physical activity has reduced. We walk less now and the same technology tells us that we are not walking enough” Modi said during the event.
The University Grants Commission has directed the universities across the country to prepare for the Fit India Movement. A 28-member committee comprising government officials, members of Indian Olympic Association (IOA), national sports federations, private bodies and fitness promoters was also constituted to advise the government on the Fit India Movement.
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