Union Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports Anurag Thakur flagged off Nationwide programmes on the occasion of World Bicycle Day, on New Delhi in the presence of Union Minister for Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya and MoS for External Affairs and Culture Meenakshi Lekhi. Former health Minister and MP Dr. Harshvardhan, Secretary Department of Youth Affairs Sanjay Kumar, Secretary Sports Sujata Chaturvedi were also present at the event .
More than 1500 people participated in the 7.5 kms rally in Delhi. Further, NYKS organised Cycle Rallies at more than 100 locations in 35 States/UTs capital including at 75 iconic places across the country during which 75 participants in each rally covered the distance of 7.5 k.m.
Union Sport Minister said, “The Prime Minister Narendra Modi believes that the people of the country should join the fitness campaign. Cycling can play the biggest role in the Fit India campaign. On World Bicycle Day, we are giving a clear message that everyone should make cycling a part of their daily life. Cycling will keep you healthy and help build a clean India.”
Minister further added that Fit India Movement, Khelo India movement, Clean India movement & Healthy India movement all can be accomplished by riding a bicycle. It’ll also cut down the pollution levels. By using bicycle, we not only make ourselves fit but also give the message of Fit India. Giving example of Mansukh Mandaviya and Kiran Rijiju, Thakur highlighted that these ministers have always promoted cycling by themselves using it as mode of transport and inspired others.