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    Govt. Spent 33 Crore for International Yoga Day

    The International Yoga Day, celebrated on the 21st of June 2015 caught everybody’s attention. The highlight was of course the Mass Yoga Demonstration wherein more than 35000 people participated. After some research & filing RTI applications, it is now clear that a total of  Rs 32.75 crore was spent on the celebration.

    International Yoga Day & Events
    The first International Day of Yoga was celebrated all over the Country and abroad on 21st June, 2015.  The following events were organized as a part of these celebrations
    The main event was organized by the Ministry of Ayurveda,Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha And Homoeopathy (AYUSH) at Rajpath, New Delhi. A mass Yoga demonstration was held wherein 35,985 participants performed Yoga.A two days International Conference on Yoga for Holistic Health was also organized on 21st & 22nd June, 2015 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.All the States/UTs were advised to hold mass yoga  demonstration at State, District, Block and Panchayat  levels  for celebrating International Day of Yoga on a grand scale involving  all Schools/Colleges/Universities, General Public, Yoga Institutions, Police  Personnel, NCC Cadets, NSS, NYKS, etc.The Ministry of External Affairs celebrated the International Day of Yoga in more than 190 countries by organising activities which included conferences on Yoga, Meetings of Yoga clubs, Yoga concerts, Yogathons, Yoga walks, documentary film screening on Yoga, Photo exhibition on yoga etc.

    Total Expenses
    According to the data available with the Government, a total of Rs 32.75 crore was spent on various activities. Expenditure on Publicity through Print & Electronic media including the government owned Doordarshan & All India Radio was Rs 8.28 crore. The Mass Yoga demonstration at Rajpath costed Rs 7.59 crore. The International Conference on Yoga costed Rs 1.83 crore. The Ministry of External Affairs spent Rs 8 crore for related activities in various Indian Missions across the world.

    Apart from these, the Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy (CCRYN) provided assistance of up to Rs 1 lakh per district for the celebration, a total of Rs 6.7 crore. The Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY) produced a film and booklets on Yoga with an expenditure of Rs 34.8 lakh.
    The government has also said that no separate funds have been released to states apart from the CCRYN assistance.

    Expenses for the Mass Yoga Demonstration at Rajpath
    The Mass Yoga Demonstration at Rajpath led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi was a much talked about event. The event saw more than 35000 participants in a Mass Yoga demonstration.

    According to information provided to Factly by Ministry of AYUSH under RTI, the vendor for managing the event at Rajpath was M/s. Arch Concept Pvt. Ltd. The vendor was paid a total of Rs 3.67 crore for the arrangements. The major expenditure for the event included the following.

    Yoga Mats
    There was a lot of discussion about the Yoga Mats procured for the event. There were discussions whether these were procured from China or in India. While it is not clear where they were procured from, the RTI reply suggests that the vendor Arch Concept procured 36000 yoga mats. The total expenditure (including tax) for these 36000 Yoga Mats was Rs 1.02 crore.

    Payment to Ernst & Young (EY)
    The RTI reply suggests that payments to the tune of Rs 1.32 crore were made to EY. The reply from the ministry does not specify the kind of services provided by EY. It could be for the managing the entry passes & ticket strips.

    T-Shirts by National Textile Corporation
    A total of 25000 T-Shirts were procured from the government owned National Textile Corporation at a cost of Rs 49 lakh.

    Payments made to Guinness World Records Limited
    A total amount of 11900 Pounds (Rs 12.05 lakh) was made to Guinness World Records Limited for the commercial services provided. It may be recalled that two new Guinness World Records were set on this day. A separate payment of 450 pounds was also made for ‘Fast Track’ service.

    NSS Volunteers
    The National Service Scheme Regional Center in Delhi provided 1000 volunteers for the event. A total of Rs 22.5 lakh were paid to NSS.

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