Concerned about the rising health-related issues in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dressed in a white T-shirt and trousers along with a scarf, led around 35,000 yoga enthusiasts on the
second International Yoga Day at the Capitol Complex, Chandigarh, said yoga gives health benefits on “zero budget”.
A yoga enthusiast, Modi, performed yoga along with the participants — from Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana—who did asanas on pink and blue coloured mats.
Yoga and Health
While addressing a gathering, he asked the yoga trainers to treat diabetes through yoga. “They must continue doing yoga, while focusing on diabetes. It will be an achievement if we can help in treating diabetes through yoga. For health concerns, I believe one disease be taken up every yoga day,” he quipped.
Yoga and Divyangs
The Prime Minister also laid focus on ‘Divyangs’ (disabled), a term coined by him. Around 150 Divyangs were helped in performing yoga asanas at the venue. Later, the PM mingled with the participants, while some took selfies with him. Over 190 countries, including 40 Islamic nations, supported the move to have a special day for yoga, hence June 21 was declared as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2014. Since then, Yoga Day has garnered massive support from across the world.
Security @ Yoga Day
The venue was divided into eight blocks with several LED screens being installed for the large gathering. 300 bio-toilets and 30,000 mats were also available for the participants.
While the Prime Minister performed the yoga asanas, around 5,000 police and paramilitary personnel were deployed to keep a hawk-eye vigil on the International Yoga Day event. The UT Police also called for additional police force from Punjab, Haryana, and paramilitary forces. According to the sources, few days before the main event, PM’s Special Protection Group (SPG) along with the senior police officials also visited the Capitol Complex, Raj Bhawan, and the airport. To keep things under control, the team also checked the CCTV cameras installed around the complex.
Among those who participated in the event included Punjab and Haryana Governor and UT administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
This was Modi’s second visit to Le Corbusier designed Capitol Complex, where on January 24 this year, he also hosted French President Francois Hollande.
Behind the scenes
While the Chandigarh administration and the Indian Government successfully organized the International Yoga Day event which gave thousands of people a chance to do yoga with the Indian premier, little did the participants know about the body which organised the enrollment, security cards, selfie corners, attendance management, seat allocation, e-purse management and the Event Registration App which enabled users to effortlessly register themselves for the IYD event.
Here is the brief about Alchemist Infosystems which managed all these services. Along with Alchemist Infosystems, NXP, a global leader in NFC technology also provided premium technology support and guidance for this project.
Alchemist Infosystems — The makers of high-security smart cards for Yoga Day.
Chandigarh based, Alchemist Infosystems is the face behind the registration, identification, security, seat allocation and tracking of all the persons who participated in the second IYD at the Capitol Complex.
The registrations for the event was managed by National Informatics Centre (Chandigarh) Out of total 80,000 – 90,000 who registered themselves for the IYD 2016, as many as 35,000 people were provided with the NFC-enabled smart cards, where NFC stands for ‘Near Field Communication’. The company also developed a mobile app-International Yoga Day Event Registration App – 2016.
“These smart cards not only secure the venue by identifying the registered persons but also track the attendance of the participants. These hi-tech cards guarantee the true identity of the participant and at the same time allow the event organizers to deliver an intensely personalized and meaningful experience to their attendees,” said Sathya Shankar, Chief Executive officer, Alchemist Infosystems.
These NFC-enabled smart cards can provide high levels of security and privacy protection, making them ideal for handling sensitive information such as identity, he further explains.
Apart from proving a highly secured environment, the company also globalized the event through Social Media by establishing Selfie Kiosks, wherein the participants were able to click selfies, which were uploaded on the Facebook page of the event.