Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched a nationwide ‘Fit India’ Movement’ on National Sports Day which he believes will take the country towards a healthier future. Speaking at launch event at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi, the Prime Minister said, “Fitness is zero per cent investment with infinite returns.” At a colourful ceremony, which included a presentation of India’s indigenous martial art forms, dances and sports, Modi said technology has contributed to a sedentary lifestyle.
“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.
“But with technology, physical activity has reduced. We walk less now and the same technology tells us that we are not walking enough,” he added.
The campaign is aimed at encouraging people to include physical activity and sports in their everyday lives.
“Fitness is not just a word but a pre-condition for a healthy and fulfilling life. It should become a revolution,” Modi said.
A committee, headed by Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and comprising government officials, members of Indian Olympic Association (IOA), national sports federations, private bodies and fitness promoters, has been formed to take the movement forward.
The 28-member government committee also features secretaries of Sports, Secondary Education, Ayush, and Youth Affairs, among others.