Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 19:
The National Ayush Mission (NAM), which was supposed to be launched in Odisha on June 21 after a six-month delay, has been postponed again.
The state Ayush department had made all preparations and was waiting for Union minister for Ayush Shripad Naik to come to the city and announce the Ayush mission in the state. However, he has cancelled the plan at the last moment. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has also expressed his inability to attend the programme.
Now the state Ayush department has no other option but to wait till July when the Union Minister might come and launch the mission.
In the meanwhile, the department will press ahead with the ‘International Yoga Day’ on June 21 as planned earlier. This event will be inaugurated by state Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak at Kalinga Stadium. Tourism Minister Ashok Panda, Higher Education Minister Pradeep Panigrahy and the secretaries of these departments would also join the programme.
Overall, 1600 girls and 500 other yoga enthusiasts will participate in the programme. The Odisha chapter of NCC has been tasked with coordinating with the students and gather them at the venue.
The department has also issued an order stating the types of yoga that would be performed on that day. A 35-minute long mock drill will be practiced at the venue tomorrow at 7 AM. Other preparations are also underway to ensure the programme goes smoothly.