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New Delhi  : Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports (I/C) Kiren Rijiju on October 2, 2019, flaged off  ‘Fit India Plog Run’ organised by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports here  on the occasion of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi at Indira Gandhi Stadium. He was joined by plogger Ripu Daman, eminent sports persons, students belonging to different schools of Delhi, Doctors, NGOs, and other institutions. Member of parliament Manoj Tiwari was also present on the occasion.

Greeting everybody on the occasion for being part of the ‘Fit India Plog Run’, Rijiju said that the enthusiasm of all sections of the society to join in the initiative towards a fitte and, cleaner country is praiseworthy and encouraging. He said the Plog Run is just the beginning of fit India, envisioned by PM Narendra Modi, where everybody is mentally as well as physically fit.

“If all of us are fit, then only the country will be fit,” Rijiju said and added that the such events are being organized all over the country and reports are being received even from abroad about such activities. He said that such runs will create awareness among the people of the country. This is not a one-off event, but is the beginning of the movement, which will continue. He said that that the Fit India movement is a move to make India a great nation.

Rijiju said that today the father of the nation is being remembered, and plogging is a tribute to him and his vision, to bring about cleanliness in all walks of life, as plogging is a combination of picking up wastes (particularly plastics) and jogging, according to a PIB release.

Nehru Yuva Kendras, NSS centers, and government and private institutions across the country are also organising the Plog Run to ensure that fitness and cleanliness become a way of life for people. PM Narendra Modi had given a clarion call to the nation asking every Indian citizen to combine fitness and cleanliness in their lives through Plogging in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ address broadcast on September 29,2019.

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