JORHAT, June 21 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today took part in the 2nd International Day of Yoga programme at Majuli College playground, along with Satradhikars, government officials, around 5,000 students, and people of all ages.
They practised pranayama and various forms of yoga under the guidance of experts.
Mentioning the health and spiritual benefits of yoga, Sonowal said the international recognition to yoga has made every Indian proud, as the nation has a rich heritage of practising yoga for thousands of years.
He praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi�s successful effort to convince the international community to celebrate a special day for promoting and popularising yoga across the globe, which gives everyone good health and disciplined lifestyle to contribute to the greater cause of humanity.
Though the Chief Minister and the Health Minister did not mention about any specific welfare programme for the islanders today, they did assure the people that the government would announce many developmental programmes exclusively for the people of Majuli after a Cabinet meeting on June 27.
Locals are expecting that the new government would introduce better healthcare facilities through augmentation of modern-day technical equipment and appointment of adequate number of doctors, nurses and other support staff at the Sri Sri Pitambar Deva Goswami Garmur Civil Hospital, Kamalabari Rural Hospital and other healthcare centres of Majuli.
Health Minister Sarma today took stock of the availability of doctors, nursing staff and equipment during his visit to the 100-bed civil hospital of Garmur.
Praising the efforts of the new government to develop Majuli, several senior citizens said they have entrusted their faith on the Chief Minister, who was elected by them as their local representative.
�We have faith in the new government and we hope it will eradicate corruption in the development programmes meant for Majuli. It is because of corruption that Majuli is lagging behind,� said Prabhat Burabhakat of Auniati Satra.