Published On: Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015

Centre mulling conduct Yoga sessions on regular basis for govt employees to release stress

The Central government is mulling to to conduct Yoga sessions on regular basis in its offices to release stress of employees .

Additional Principal Secretary to PM Modi, PK Mishra (L), Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar (C), Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha ( R) attending the International Conference on Yoga  on June 21, 2015 in New Delhi.

Additional Principal Secretary to PM Modi, PK Mishra (L), Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar (C), Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha ( R) attending the International Conference on Yoga on June 21, 2015 in New Delhi.

Sunday’s worldwide celebration of yoga is not likely to be a one-off event for central government employees. It’s all set to become part of daily life as various central departments hire instructors to make learning yoga part of a sustained campaign.

The Indian Railways and the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation are among those seeking yoga teachers.

Other central ministries are likely to follow, especially after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s enthusiastic support for the traditional Indian discipline.

Officials told The Economic Times that several central ministries are scouting for consultant trainers to help its employees lead a stress-free life.

There are about 48 lakh central government employees in the country across different ministries and affiliated institutions.

“We have made yoga part of the training curriculum of the National Academy for Training & Research in Social Security (NATRSS) and are looking for a yoga instructor to teach yoga and other stress-relieving exercises everyday,” said K K Jalan, central provident fund commissioner.

EPFO has sought applications from retired government officers to seek contractual employment as trainers and consultants in yoga.

“The duties at the academy will involve conducting yoga sessions in training programmes, personal counseling of trainees, visit to the zonal training institutes and other offices of the EPFO and other duties assigned by the director,” said the June 9 notice.

Instructors could train staff on asanas that help prevent back aches, a common problem among those who sit in front of the computer for long hours. EPFO has a staff strength of 20,000.

NATRSS trained 5,600 EPFO employees last year besides conducting sessions for the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

The country’s largest employer Indian Railways, which has 13 lakh workers, has made yoga compulsory at all its training centres and plans to cover all its staff by 2020.

Railways has 295 training centres for training its officers, loco pilots, technicians and those involved in other services.

“Training of railway staff is a mammoth task… So, we are looking at hiring yoga experts and institutions on contract to cater to the need of these centres,” a senior railway ministry official said, adding a notification inviting applications for yoga instructors has been issued.

Inputs with the ET

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