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International Yoga Day celebrations: Prime Minister's Yoga Awards function and National Yoga Olympiad
On the occasion of International Yoga Day, June 21, the Prime Minister's Awards for Outstanding Contribution for Promotion and Development of Yoga for the 2019 are being given to Swami Rajarshi Muni of Life Mission, Gujarat; Ms. Antonietta Rozzi of Italy; Bihar School of Yoga, Munger and Japan Yoga Niketan for outstanding contribution for the year 2019.

For the selection of the awardees, the Ministry of AYUSH developed the guidelines for the awards. Two committees were constituted, viz., Screening Committee (for preliminary evaluation) and Evaluation Committee (Jury), so that a transparent process is followed in finalizing the awards, stated a release. The winners will be felicitated with of a Trophy, Certificate and a Cash Award each. The value of each Cash Award is Rs. 25 lakhs.

"The Screening Committee chaired by Secretary (AYUSH) drew up a shortlist from the 79 applications as well as the Committee's own inputs. The Jury chaired by the Cabinet Secretary, with the Additional Principal Secretary to Prime Minister, Secretary (East, MEA),  Secretary (AYUSH), Dr. Hansa Yogendra, and Dr. Jayant Yeshwant  Deopujari as members, examined the recommendations of the Screening Committee, and also made its own analysis of the contributions made by the institutions and individuals shortlisted.  The selection was done after considering 79 nominations received under different categories," informs the release.

Also, ahead of IYD, on June 20, the 4th National Yoga Olympiad concluded at All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi on June 20. Secretary, School Education & Literacy, MHRD, Rina Ray was the Chief Guest in the function. She distributed Prizes to the children of winner states and UTs, stated another release. the objective of Yoga Olympiad was to achieve the holistic health - physical, emotional, mental, psychological and even environmental health.

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