Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar  |  Photo Credit: PTI
Chandigarh: In a big push for Yoga in Haryana, the state government has decided to increase the number of yogashalas to 2000 and include Yoga as a subject in the educational curriculum.
The decision, aimed to make Yoga an integral part of everyone’s life, was taken during a review meeting of Haryana Yoga Parishad here on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. Yoga guru Ramdev was also present at the meeting.
The state government has also decided to celebrate the first Sunday of the month as a Yoga Day, and to recruit more Yoga instructors.
“Haryana Yoga Council’s meet concluded in presence of CM and Swami Ramdev. It was decided to increase number of Yogashalas to 2000, to include Yoga as a subject in education, to celebrate the first Sunday of the month as a Yoga Day, and to recruit Yoga instructors,” Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij said in a tweet in Hindi.
Earlier in June, the Haryana government decided to engage yoga volunteers in fitness centres and gymnasiums being opened in rural areas of the state.
Haryana Yoga Parishad’s chairman Jaideep Arya gave a presentation on the yoga activities being run in the state and informed other officials about the process of appointing yoga volunteers, an official statement said.
The age limit for these yoga volunteers will be between 18 and 35 years and candidates must have passed class 12 examination from the Haryana School Education Board or CBSE, PTI reported.
“In addition, they must possess a certification of Level-1 or its equivalent course in yoga from one of the 16 nationally recognised institutes or a one-year diploma from any university,” the statement said.
The government also decided to appoint AYUSH coaches in every district to monitor the working of these yoga volunteers till their regular recruitment.
The Chief Minister had also ordered the officers to accelerate the construction work of yoga centres and gymnasiums being constructed in rural areas.