Imphal, June 21,
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that we won’t be able to maintain unity and integrity of the State if we don’t have nationalistic feeling among us. This was stated by him at the 4th International Day of Yoga held at Indoor Stadium, Khuman Lampak Sports Complex, Imphal today.
Addressing the gathering, Chief Minister appealed the people to extend support to the present government towards bringing unity and integrity in the State. He mentioned that government welcomes any suggestions, opinions and positive criticism given by any subject experts on various issues for growth and development in the State.
Stressing on the rampant drug abuse in the State, Chief Minister stated that the present government has zero tolerance approach against drugs. The government won’t encourage any anti-social people regardless of their connection with any political party, family etc. If we want to bring positive change then change should begin within ourselves, he added.
Chief Minister said that good health is essential for a successful life. Good health doesn’t mean not only physical fitness rather we need to have mental balance, fitness of body and mind. He maintained that Yoga is an ancient concept of discipline and globally accepted as a scientific system for the maintenance of health and life. Clinical trials have successfully demonstrated the effectiveness of yoga in treatment of various diseases especially in lifestyle disorders like obesity, hypertension, etc.
Mentioning some of the significance of Yoga, Chief Minister said that practising Yoga helps to connect people to the Nature, reduce the rate of health challenging diseases all over the world, enhance growth, development and spread peace all through the World. Yoga promotes better mental and physical health of people, he added. He further stressed that it is indeed sad that we cannot practice Yoga everyday due to our work schedule. However we need to practice Yoga when we have free time on regular basis.
The function was organised by Directorate of AYUSH, Government of Manipur, National AYUSH Mission, Manipur and Department of Youth Affairs and Sports, Manipur.
It may be mentioned that the International Day of Yoga is celebrated annually on 21st June since its inception in 2015 after the unanimous declaration by the United Nations General Assembly on 11th December, 2014. Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi had suggested 21st June as “International Yoga Day” on September 27, 2014 in his address in the UN General Assembly.
Minister for Health and Family Welfare L. Jayantakumar Singh, Chief Secretary Dr. J. Suresh Babu, Principal Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) Vumlunmang Vualnam, Secretary YAS Bobby Waikhom, OSD to Chief Minister Sumant Singh, Secretary to Chief Minister Ningthoujam Geoffrey, Director AYUSH Dr. A. Guneshwor Sharma and others attended the function.