CHANDIGARH: The state government today announced that famous Yoga guru Baba Ramdev will now enjoy the cabinet minister status in Haryana.
“Baba Ram Dev Brand Ambassador for promotion of Yoga and Ayurveda in Haryana will be given status equivalent to Cabinet Minister,” Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij today posted on Twitter.
Baba Ram Dev Brand Ambassador for promotion of Yoga and Ayurveda in Haryana will be given status equivalent to Cabinet Minister
— ANIL VIJ Hr Minister (@anilvijmantri) April 13, 2015
Baba Ramdev was active supporter of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) campaign during the national elections last year and was named as the Brand Ambassador of Yoga in Haryana soon after the party took charge in the state
The Haryana government has said that the yoga guru will administer the development of herbal forest that is spread over thousands of acres of land, which will also include 25,000 species of ayurvedic herbs.
The BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have often emphasized on the importance of yoga and have given major importance to it.
PM Modi last week unveiled a portal for International Day of Yoga while visiting the UNESCO headquarters in France.
Following PM Modi’s request to identify yoga as a global festival, the UN declared June 21 as the World Yoga Day last year.
Apart from this, the Haryana government has also announced its plans to make Yoga a compulsory subject in all schools.