Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who launched the ‘Fit India’ Movement’ on Thursday, said the initiative is the need of the hour and will take the country towards a healthier future.
The PM said: “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.”
He added: “But with technology, physical activity has reduced. We walk less now and the same technology tells us that we are not walking enough.”
Speaking on the occasion, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said, “We will take this movement to new heights with the cooperation of my fellow Indians. I am so glad that this movement is being launched on the birth anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand, our hockey wizard.”
A committee of government officials, members of Indian Olympic Association (IOA), national sports federations, private bodies and fitness promoters has been formed to advise the government on the campaign.
Under the chairmanship of Kiren Rijiju, the 28-member committee has 12 members from the government, including secretaries of Sports, Secondary Education, Ayush, Youth Affairs, among others.