Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday will be launching a nation-wide Fit India Movement at 10 am at Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex in New Delhi.
At the event, the prime minister is expected to address the people and will also administer a fitness pledge. The entry for the event will be given based on PIB (Press Information Bureau) accreditation card only.
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 Modi ji on August 29 at 10 am. Chief Ministers, corporates and many icons are taking amazing steps to make the programme a grand success.”
In his latest Mann Ki Baat address, PM Modi had asked people to take part in ‘Fit India Movement’ which is being organised to celebrate the ‘National Sports Day’ on August 29.
The nation-wide campaign aims to encourage people to inculcate physical activity and sports in their everyday lives, a statement said.
The University Grant Commission has issued a letter to inform the universities to prepare for Fit India Movement to be held on August 29.
A committee comprising government officials, members of Indian Olympic Association (IOA), national sports federations, private bodies and fitness promoters was also formed to advise the government on the Fit India Movement.
The 28-member committee, which will be under the chairmanship of sports minister Kiren Rijiju, has 12 members from the government, including secretaries of Sports, Secondary Education, Ayush, Youth Affairs, among others.
IOA President and seven NSF heads, including those of boxing, athletics, football and cycling, are also a part of the committee.
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.
Last year, then sports minister Rajyavardhan Rathore had also floated a fitness campaign called #HumFitTohIndiaFit. He had posted a video on Twitter doing 10 push-ups while encouraging sports personalities and people to share pictures and videos on the site to show how they kept themselves fit.