Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the 'Fit India' Movement' on Thursday, saying the initiative is the need of the hour and will take the country towards a healthier future.
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.
The launch was also attended by Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and this year's National Sports Awards winners among others.
The Prime Minister also congratulated the winners of the national sports awards and lauded India's sporting achievements.
Highlights from the launch event:
11:20 | Minimum investment, maximum return, says PM Modi
#FitIndiaMovement भले ही सरकार ने शुरु किया है, लेकिन इसका नेतृत्व आप सभी को ही करना है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 29, 2019
देश की जनता ही इस कैंपेन को आगे बढ़ाएगी और सफलता की बुलंदी पर पहुंचाएगी।
मैं अपने निजी अनुभवों से कह सकता हूं कि इसमें Investment Zero है, लेकिन Returns असीमित हैं: PM
11:15 | Body fit toh mind hit, says PM Modi
आप किसी भी प्रोफेशन में हों, आपको अपने प्रोफेशन में Efficiency लानी है तो मेंटल और फिजिकल फिटनेस जरूरी है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 29, 2019
चाहे Boardroom हो या फिर Bollywood, जो फिट है वो आसमान छूता है।
Body fit है तो Mind hit है: PM
11:02 | "Fitness is extremely important in today's world for the well being and good health of all individuals. Fitness should become a mass movement," PM Modi says.
Lifestyle diseases हो रही हैं lifestyle disorders की वजह से।Lifestyle disorders को हम lifestyle में बदलाव करके ठीक कर सकते हैं।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 29, 2019
ऐसी बीमारियां हैं जिन्हें अपने lifestyle में छोटे बदलाव करके दूर कर सकते हैं। इन बदलावों के लिए देश को प्रेरित करने का नाम ही है #FitIndiaMovement :PM
10:57 | PM Modi asks everyone to take up sports, hails Dhyanchand
Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches #FitIndiaMovement from Indira Gandhi Stadium, on the occasion of #NationalSportsDay. Says, "On this day a great sportsperson was born, Major Dhyan Chand. He amazed the world with his his fitness, stamina, and hockey stick." pic.twitter.com/HKHV7P14Ug— ANI (@ANI) August 29, 2019
10:54 | PM Modi thanks officials and others involved for their support to the mission
10:47 | PM Modi is currently addressing the event
10:40 | PM Modi to launch ‘Fit India Movement’ shortly
10:35 | Rajnath Singh appeals people to join the fitness movement
I am also happy to know that the Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi himself is going to launch the #FitIndiaMovement today to mark the National Sports Day.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) August 29, 2019
I appeal to everyone to join this fitness movement and make a ‘Fitter & Better India’.
10:30 | Several artistes are performing at the Fit India campaign launch in New Delhi
10:25 | Union Minister Kiren Rijiju addresses the event
"This is the first time a fitness movement is being launched with participation of all the people. I want to thank all the people for this," Union Minister Kiren Rijiju says.
This is the first time a fitness movement is being launched with participation of all the people, I want to thank all the people for this: Union Minister @KirenRijiju #FitIndiaMovement pic.twitter.com/hA0qX9dK5L— PIB India (@PIB_India) August 29, 2019
The University Grant Commission (UGC) had earlier issued a letter to inform the universities to prepare for Fit India Movement to be held on August 29 -- the National Sports Day.
During today’s #MannKiBaat, I have made some requests to my fellow Indians:— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 25, 2019
Visit iconic places relating to Bapu as a part of his 150th Jayanti.
Travel to places related to nature and wildlife.
Strengthen Poshan Abhiyan.
Be a part of Fit India movement https://t.co/vfg9q3u0si
Ahead of the event launch, Minister of State (Independent Charge) Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju tweeted, "Tremendous supports are coming from all sections of the society to participate in the Fit India Movement to be launched by PM Narendra Modi ji on August 29 at 10 am. Chief Ministers, corporates and many icons are taking amazing steps to make the programme a grand success."