Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju called for a "collective effort" of the Centre and the States in making India a fit nation and encouraging the sporting culture in the country. The Sports Minister said that this during the conference of ministers and secretaries of the states in the national capital on Friday.
Calling upon the states to sync their activities with the centre’s programmes, Rijiju said that the Centre and the States should work as a team. “The Youth Affairs and Sports departments have large Human capital at their disposal, which more than makes up for the dearth of the financial resources. We should recognize our strength. There are over 80 lakh volunteers working in various programmes of the Centre. On October 2 this year, over 24 lakh volunteers participated in the plogging programme, making it one of the largest human participation in the world in a single programme.”
Talking about the Fit India Movement, Rijiju said that it aimed at making fitness an integral part of the daily life of Indians, by encouraging them to participate in Fitness events/activities. He said that Fit India Movement would involve all Indians, covering all aspects having a bearing on fitness and healthy living, like physical fitness, mental fitness, healthy lifestyle, healthy eating habits and a balanced diet, preventive health care, and environment-friendly living. It should become a citizen movement. He said that the Prime Minister has already directed all central ministries to make Fit India a part of their programmes. The Minister said that fit India is a way of life. He said that the Government will try to identify the State/UT which is the most fit on the basis of certain parameters. He said that subsequently fittest town, city, school, etc will also be identified and suitably awarded.