Prime Minister Narendra Modi today 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.
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.
“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 8-10km in a day, do cycling or run,” Modi said at the event.
“But with technology, physical activity has reduced. We walk less now and the same technology tells us that we are not walking enough,” he added.
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.
The launch was also attended by Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and this year’s National Sports Awards winners among others. “We will take this movement to new heights with the cooperation of my fellow Indians.”I a m so glad that this movement is being launched on the birth anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand, our hockey wizard,” Rijiju said at the launch.
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…