NEW DELHI: Following the success of International Yoga Day, daily yoga has now been made compulsory for the 10 lakh-strong Central paramilitary forces as part of their physical drill.
A directive issued to the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) by the Ministry Of Home Affairs also directed that steps should be initiated to ensure the practise of Yoga even in active duty areas like border posts and Naxal-affected states.
The CAPFs were directed to implement the Yoga drill on a “priority” basis and also submit an action taken report.
“Physical exercises are the part of daily routine of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and Assam Rifles personnel. Keeping in view the importance Yoga has gained in recent times, it would be prudent to include it as part of daily physical exercise of the forces in various field establishments,” the MHA directive said. The directive has been issued to the six CAPFs including the CRPF, BSF, CISF, ITBP Force, Sashastra Seema Bal, National Security Guard and the Assam Rifles which work under the command of the MHA.
The order has asked the Directors General (DGs) of the forces to issue appropriate instructions to their field formations and also submit an action taken report in this regard.
While the force headquarters are still formulating an action plan to start these exercises in a full-fledged manner, a plan of utilising off-duty personnel for the same has been chalked out initially.
The world celebrated the first International Yoga Day on June 21 after Prime Minister Narendra Modi took up a proposal for the same during his first address to the UN General Assembly in September last year.