PM's remarks at International Conference on Yoga for Holistic Health

Published By : Admin | June 21, 2015 | 19:30 IST
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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today described Yoga as a journey from "Aham to Vayam; Sva to Samasti." (I to we; Self to Universe). He said that if we perceive our human body to be a unique creation, then Yoga is similar to a "user manual" that made one aware of the immense capabilities of that creation.


In his remarks at the International Conference on Yoga for holistic health, on the occasion of the first International Day of Yoga, the Prime Minister described Yoga as a "state of mind," (avasthaa), as opposed to being a commodity or a system (vyavasthaa). He said that the solidarity being expressed through Yoga, in the coming together with brothers and sisters in other countries, brings our hearts and minds closer.

This support is not just for India, but for the great tradition of Yoga, the Prime Minister noted. He described Yoga as a means to achieve harmony with oneself, one's body, surroundings and nature. He said that when practised correctly and with discipline, Yoga leads to greater fulfilment in life.



The Prime Minister said that as the world united in celebrating the International Day of Yoga, there would be a lot of expectations, regarding Yoga, and India stands ready to the shoulder the responsibility of these expectations, for the greater good of the world.

The Prime Minister described Yoga is a collective gift to humanity. He added that it may have originated in India, but it draws its energies from the millions who practice it around the world. He reiterated India's resolve to reach out and foster a culture of inclusiveness, of fraternity, of one global family – Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.



The Prime Minister also released commemorative coins and a stamp, to mark the occasion of the first International Day of Yoga.

The Minister for AYUSH (I/C) Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, the Minister of State for Finance Shri Jayant Sinha, and Yoga exponents Baba Ramdev, Dr Nagendra and Dr. Veerendra Heggade were present on the occasion.

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Cabinet approves redevelopment of New Delhi, Ahmedabad and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), Mumbai Railway Stations
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The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has approved Indian Railways’ proposal for redevelopment of  3 major railway stations with an approximate total investment of nearly ₹10,000 Cr.:

a) New Delhi Railway Station;

b) Ahmedabad Railway Station; and

c) Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) Mumbai

Railway Station is an important and central place for any city. Prime Minster Sh. Narendra Modi has given importance to stations development in the transformation of Railways. Today’s Cabinet decision gives a new direction to the station development. Work on redevelopment of 199 Stations is going on. Out of these, tenders have been issued for 47 stations. Master planning and design for the remaining is underway. Work is progressing fast for 32 stations. Today, the Cabinet has sanctioned investment of Rs. 10,000 crore for 3 big stations, namely New Delhi, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), Mumbai and Ahmedabad Railway Stations.

The standard elements of station design will be:

  1. Every station will have a spacious roof plaza (36/72/108 m) with all passenger amenities at one place along with spaces for retail, cafeterias, recreational facilities.
  2. Both sides of the city will be connected with the station, with the station building on both sides of Railway tracks.
  3. Facilities like food court, waiting lounge, playing area for children, place for local products, etc will be available.
  4. The stations located within the city will have a city center like place.
  5. To make the stations comfortable, there will be proper illumination, way finding/signages, acoustics, lifts/escalators/travelators.
  6. Master plan has been prepared for smooth movement of traffic, with adequate parking facilities.
  7. There will be integration with other modes of transportation like metro, bus etc.
  8. Green Building Techniques will be used, with solar energy, water conservation/recycling and improved tree cover.
  9. Special care will be taken to provide Divyang friendly facilities.
  10. These stations will be developed on the concept of intelligent building.
  11. There will be segregation of arrival/departures, Clutter free platforms, improved surfaces, fully covered platforms.
  12.  The stations will be safe with installation of CCTV and access control.
  13. These will be iconic station buildings.