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GUWAHATI, June 21: Assam on Tuesday celebrated the second Intertiol Yoga Day along with the rest of the world with the State government announcing that at least one yoga development centre will be set up in each development block.
Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal participated in the official Intertiol Yoga Day function at Majuli, which is also his constituency.
He was joined by Health and Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and thousands of school students and people from other walks of life.
It was Sonowal’s first visit to Majuli after becoming Chief Minister last month.
Sonowal told the gathering at Majuli that yoga helps to build not only healthy body and mind but also moulds the persolity of the practitioner.
“Yoga helps to build not only healthy body and stable mind but also moulds our persolity. For inculcating discipline and punctuality and grooming of persolity, the world has realised the importance of yoga,” he said.
He said the State government is committed to making Assam a developed and prosperous state in the country and yoga will have a role to play in that transformation.
Sonowal said his government would take up a slew of initiatives to make Majuli a spiritual centre and a cultural hub.
Health and Education Minister Sarma announced the government’s decision to set up yoga development centres in more than 300 development blocks across the State.
“These centres will help to inculcate scientific temperament by imparting yoga knowledge to the youth,” Sarma said.
He said the Intertiol Day of Yoga is being observed at the state, district, sub-divisiol, block and panchayat levels across the State.
Chief Minister Sonowal praised Prime Minister rendra Modi for his effort to popularise yoga across the world.
“This is a matter of pride for 125 crore Indians. Our Prime Minister deserves encomiums for prevailing upon the United tions to observe June 21 as the Intertiol Day of Yoga,” Sonowal said.
He also credited Modi with taking bold and innovative initiatives to push India on the path of development and securing for the country a pride of place in the comity of tions.
“People are reaping the fruits of development because the present Central government is committed, responsive and people-oriented one,” the CM said.
Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia also spoke on the occasion. The function was attended, among others, by Satradhikar of Uttar Kamalabari Satra, Jardhan Deva Goswami and prominent persolity Ajay Jamwal.
Earlier, the Chief Minister performed in the Yoga demonstration in which thousands of students, inhabitants of Majuli and senior officials participated.
The yoga events organised elsehwere in Assam also attracted large participation. (IANS)