International Yoga Day: CS launches competitions on MyGov portal  

SRINAGAR, JUNE 14: Chief Secretary, Atal Dulloo, today launched several online competitions for the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir on the MyGov portal ( to mark the 10th International Yoga Day celebration to be observed on 21st June 2024.

The competitions, themed ‘Yoga for Self and Society’, included a yoga doodle challenge, essay writing, poster making, and story-telling video contests. The competitions are live on the J&K MyGov portal and registration is open till June 30, 2024.  The topper would be awarded a cash prize of Rs 10,000, the second Rs. 8,000, and the third would get Rs 5.000. Interested participants can register and submit their entries on the MyGov portal.

In addition, the portal offers the opportunity for citizens to upload their selfies by June 30, 2024. In this regard, a custom frame has been designed to allow the citizens to capture their yoga selfie-sharing moments of achievement, peace, and self-discovery through Yoga, promoting a movement of wellness and self-care.

While launching these competitions, the Chief Secretary asked the concerned to provide opportunities to a maximum number of citizens including school children. He also exhorted the Deputy Commissioners to promote citizen involvement at the district level.

Accentuating the significance of Yoga, the Chief Secretary said that the ancient practice fosters mindfulness techniques that aid in relaxation as well as reducing stress and anxiety. “It improves physical, mental, and spiritual health by balancing the body, mind, and spirit through postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), meditation, and ethical guidelines.

“Yoga has now become an increasingly popular form of therapy, coping mechanism, and complementary treatment for mental health”, maintained the Chief Secretary.

He encouraged the people to overwhelmingly participate in the competitions to share the changes they have experienced by incorporating Yoga into their lives. He reiterated that these initiatives aim to inspire the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir to embrace Yoga for holistic well-being and share their journeys, fostering a community united by health and harmony.

The Chief Secretary fervently appealed to the participants to register and submit their entries on the MyGov portal and join the celebration of International Yoga Day throughout the region.

Among others present on the occasion included Administrative Secretaries and HoDs of various departments, Deputy Commissioners, and other officers.

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