Yoga Current Affairs - 2020

Facts Box: Spandan Campaign of Chhattisgarh

The Chhattisgarh Government recently launched Spandan Campaign. The campaign aimed to contain fratricide and suicide involving police personnel.

Highlights

Under the campaign, the superintendents of police associated with the Chhattisgarh Government will start a parade in their districts every Friday. After the event, the grievances of the personnel are to be addressed. Also, the campaign has made medical treatment and counselling of depressed officers mandatory.

The campaign will also make arrangements for yoga classes for the police personnel at all the district head quarters. Cooperation of local yoga teachers have been sought to conduct these classes.

Also, the police officers have been instructed to the redress grievances of police personnel in regular intervals. The superintendents have been instructed to visit police stations regularly and make arrangements for recreational activities.

Significance

Around 50 police personnel in the state including paramilitary forces committed suicide in the state of Chhattisgarh in the last two years. Of these 18 were reported from seven districts that are affected by Maoists.

Also, in December 2019, around 6 ITBP personnel were killed at an incident of fratricide (killing of one’s brother or sister).

PM Modi launches “My Life My Yoga”

On May 31, 2020, PM Modi launched “My Life My Yoga”, a video blogging contest. The contest is to be conducted as a joint effort of Ministry of AYUSH and ICMR (Indian Council of Cultural Research).

Highlights

The contest is being launched to inspire people to participate in the sixth International Day of Yoga (IDY) that is to be celebrated in 21st June, 2020. Any participant from the world can take part in the contest.

In order to participate in the contest, the participants have to upload 3 minutes video on yogic practices such as Asana, Kriya, Bandha, Pranayama or Mudra. The participants should also include the message how yogic practices influenced their lives.

First, Second and third prizes of worth Rs 1 lakh, Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 have been announced.

Yoga

India has taken several measures to make people in India and all over the world to adopt yogic practices. India also took Yoga to United Nations in 2014. A resolution was brought in and International Day of Yoga is being celebrated on June 21, 2015 since then.