Kiren Rijiju, The Union Sports Minister, stated that more than 10 crore people, a considerable percentage of the nation’s population, has taken part in the Fit India Campaign until now.
According to its official website, The Fit India Movement is a movement to take the nation on a path of fitness and wellness. It provides a unique and exciting opportunity to work towards a healthier India. As part of the movement, individuals and organisations can undertake various efforts for their own health and well-being as well as for the health and well-being of fellow Indians.
Fit India Freedom Run was conducted from 15tg August to 2nd October 2020 to encourage fitness and help us all to get freedom from obesity, laziness, stress, anxiety, diseases etc. The concept behind this run is that “It can be run anywhere, anytime!”.
Rijiju stated the above-mentioned fact while receiving a cycle rally of specially abled CRPF troops.
Congratulations to @crpfindia for the successful "FIT India Para-Cycling Expedition" from Sabarmati Ashram to Rajghat. It covered 1000 KM in 16 Days! Salute to our Divyang Warriors of #CRPF #FitIndiaFreedomRun #FitIndia #FitIndiaMovement pic.twitter.com/7Otmvpwuw7
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) October 2, 2020
“I conducted a review of the ‘Fit India’ campaign that was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and I am happy to tell you that over 10 crore people have participated in it till now,” Rijiju said.
“The campaign was launched with an aim to improve the physical and mental health of the citizens,” Rijiju said while maintaining that when “uniformed forces like the CRPF join such a mission or campaign, they motivate many people.”
Rijiju has long been in support for facilities being provided to paraathletes, and he maintained that the Government does not differentiate between a regular and a specially abled athlete.
“The government does not differentiate between athletes…there is no discrimination whether it is a regular athlete or para-athlete.”
“We have given instructions in my ministry that no stadium or sporting facility will be considered complete till it has facilities for the specially-abled,” he added.
Rijiju believes cycling is an important part of India’s chances of winning medals in future Olympics, and should be given more and more importance. He has decided to give a lot of emphasis on creating and updating facilities for better training of cycling.
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