New Delhi: The Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ and Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports Kiren Rijiju jointly inaugurated the newly constructed Cricket Stadium at KV No. 1, Delhi Cantt in Delhi today. They also launched the Fit India School Rating System. Member of Parliament Meenakshi Lekhi graced the occasion along with other dignitaries.
The HRD Minister in his address said a healthy India is the cornerstone of a New India, adding that the Fit India Program is an innovative initiative launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to increase the awareness among the masses and to encourage people to adopt healthy lifestyles.
Pokhriyal said health does not only mean the absence of disease in a body, but also implies how happy and full of energy one is, and expressed delight to know there is already a program going on in the Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) Sangathan called ‘Healthy Children Healthy India.’ This Fit India program will give it a new dimension, he said.
Pokhriyal said the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) are playing an important role in every field related to school education. India has more than 16 lakh Schools and over one thousand Universities educating over 33 crore students, he said, adding that this is a huge Youth Power which will infuse life into the Fit India Campaign. He complimented the efforts of KVS in the Campaign and KV students as Brand Ambassadors of the Campaign.
Speaking on the occasion, Sports & Youth Affairs Minister Rijiju said the Fit India school rating system will enhance the image of the schools, and complimented the Kendriya Vidyalayas for their active participation in the Fit India Movement.
Rijiju said KVs are ahead of other schools in promoting culture and sports along with education, and called upon all students to do physical exercise daily in order to remain fit because “only fit people can make the nation fit.” He also complimented the CBSE for joining hands with the Sports Ministry in making the Fit India Movement a success through active participation of schools.
The Ministers played a token cricket match of one over at the newly constructed stadium, and motivated the students presenting Archery, Judo and Taekwondo exercises.
The new stadium constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 2.94 crore has three cricket pitches, an automatic sprinkler system for ground watering, ground drainage, a viewing gallery, and an underground water reservoir.
The oval shaped Pavilion mimics the look of the Lords Cricket Stadium in London. The KV stadium is is expected to support around 5,000 children every year.
Three Kendriya Vidyalayas of Delhi KV Sector 8 RK Puram, KV Andrewsganj and KV No. 1 Delhi Cantt were awarded a Fit India Flag during the event.