World Bicycle Day; Dr.Harsh Vardhan sets the tone by cycling to office
New Delhi [India], Jun 3: On his arrival, Harsh Vardhan was presented with bouquets by officials as he took charge of the office.
After assuming charge, Harsh Vardhan said that he would try to continue cycling from his home to office and vice-versa and appealed to the people to adopt healthy practices.
"I deeply thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah for giving me an important responsibility. I also hold the charge of Minister of Science and Technology and Ministry of Earth Sciences. I believe that with the help of science and technology, the issues facing the people even for the last 70 years can be resolved," he remarked.
He said that 27 lakh Indians have been benefitted under the Ayushman Bharat Yojana and underlined that the government will continue to work towards the outreach of the programme to other beneficiaries.
Harsh Vardhan said that he will write a letter to the Chief Ministers of five states -- Delhi, West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana -- over the implementation of the Ayushman Bharat Yojana.
"Till now, 15,000 to 16,000 hospitals have been associated with the programme. The Prime Minister's dream is to have 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres by 2022. We will work in dynamic mode to realise the Prime Minister's New India vision," he further said.
During the first term of the Modi government, Harsh Vardhan was appointed Minister of Health and Family Welfare in 2014. He was later given the charge of the Ministry of Earth Sciences and Ministry of Science and Technology.
In 2017, he was appointed the Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change following the demise of Union minister Anil Madhav Dave.
In the recently-concluded Lok Sabha elections, Harsh Vardhan retained his Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha constituency, winning it by a margin of over two lakh votes.
Meanwhile Delhiites on Sunday gathered at India Gate to celebrate smart cycling ahead of World Bicycle Day.
Every year, Niti Aayog and Hero Cycles together organise this rally to impress upon public the benefits of cycling.
On Monday, people across the globe will celebrate World Bicycle Day. To acknowledge the uniqueness, longevity, and the importance of cycling, last year UN General Assembly declared June 3 as ‘World Bicycle Day’ and this will be the second year when it will be celebrated. Cycling has health benefits, is affordable, and environment-friendly too. With the rise of air pollution in the world, a bicycle can be the one way to reduce it. Cycling makes you fit, strengthens your endurance power and keep you active.