Dimapur, November 1: Swasth Bharat Yatra, a Pan India Cycle rally, inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s Dandi March and ‘Salt Satyagraha’ of 1930. Through his tireless yatras, Mahatma Gandhi led the nation towards freedom from Colonial Rule. This yatra would also lead the nation towards freedom from diseases by cascading the message of Eat Right India to every corner of the country.
The ‘Swasth Bharat Yatra’ is been flagged off on October 16, 2018 (World Food Day) on six tracks from six different locations and cover almost all States/UTs, culminating at New Delhi on January 27, 2019. It has been flagged off under the Theme: “Eat Right India” . It will comprise of a team of 150 ‘Volunteer-Cyclists’ and the convoy would include an ‘Eat Right Mobile Unit’ and a Mobile Food Testing Unit. The Convoy would make ‘stop-overs’ in cities and towns and have transit ‘halts’ and activities in over 2000 locations spread over 100 days.
In Nagaland the flagging in of the Swasth Bharat Yatras will be by Advisor, Law & Justice, Border Affairs, Treasuries & Accounts, Dr.Longriniken, on November 4 at the Red Cross Building at 2 p.m. and flagging off by Pangnyu Phom, Minister of Health on November 6 from PR Hill Junction, Kohima at 8 a.m.
On November 5, a Morning and Day Session will be held. During the Morning Session at 6 a.m. at PR Hill, Junction, Kohima a small program would be held with the participants after which they will proceed to the Local (Khouchiezie) Ground, Kohima where a Swasth Bharat Mela would be held from 10 a.m.
In Dimapur on November 6, the team would be received at Community Health Centre, Medizphema at around 1 p.m. and on November 7 morning an assembling of the participants/cyclist would be held at 5 a.m. at Super Market, Dimapur which would be followed by Swasth Bharat Yatra Mela. The flagging off of the Yatras and handing over of the Baton to Assam team from Nagaland will be done by the Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur on November 7 at 2 p.m. at the Super Market.
The Department of Health & Family Welfare and Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) has appealed to the Food Business Operators (FBOs) to actively participate during the Mela as the main objective of the Yatra and Mela is to give out a strong message of consumer awareness on “Food Safety” from raw materials to finished products; food processing, transportation storage handling, packaging, distribution and whole sellers.
The 150 Volunteer Cyclists would cover 50-60 kilometres, halting at 2-3 towns and cities on the way. Volunteer Cyclists will hand over the symbolic relay baton to the next batch at the stopover points and return. The last batch of cyclists will converge in New Delhi on January 27, 2019, concluding the Swasth Bharat Yatra in the first phase of the Eat Right India movement. Cyclists will cycle every alternate days and Activations will be organized in-transit and on the interim days when the baton is relayed to the next batch of cyclists at a flag off event.
(Page News Service)