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Press Release No. 21922-09-2020

दक्षिण पश्चिम रेलवे/ SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY

प्रेस विज्ञप्ति/ Press Release No. 219  Dt: 12.09.2020


The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt. of India has introduced a new initiative under the aegis of the Fit India Movement, namely “Fit India Freedom Run” starting from 15th Aug to 2nd Oct 2020.  Fit India Freedom Run is conceived keeping in view the indispensable need to keep ourselves fit while maintaining social distancing.  The concept of Freedom Run is that o­ne can run /walk along a route of his/her choice, at a time that suits him/her. o­ne can even take breaks during such run/walk. Basically o­ne runs his own race and times his own pace.

On SWR officers, staff and their families are participating daily in this movement to increase awareness o­n fitness by incorporating exercise is in the daily routine. SWRSA today organized the Fit India Freedom Run for officers, with their families today at the Railway Institute South Cricket Ground, Gadag Road to encourage the Railway fraternity o­n the importance of physical wellbeing, fitness and necessity of exercising daily for the same.

Speaking o­n the occasion of flagging off the run, Shri Ajay Kumar Singh, GM/SWR said that physical fitness is an essential and integral part of life. He said that with   participation of every citizen, Fit India Freedom Run provides a unique and exciting opportunity to work towards a healthier India.

Shri P K Mishra, Additional General Manager, said that sound mind lies in sound body and fitness is most important to achieve success in any field of life.

Shri Arvind Malkhede, Divisional Railway Manager, Hubballi said that the fit India run has been conceived keeping in view the indispensible need to keep ourselves fit as due to the advancement of technology, physical activities  have  reduced leading to sedentary lifestyle.

In addition to the run activities like, Aerobics, football, Volleyball, skipping etc,.were organized by Shri S S Katware, President, South Western Railway Sports Association (SWRSA) for the Officers, Staff and their families. Smt Sujata Singh, President SWRWWO and members of the Women’s Welfare Organization team also participated in the activities of Aerobics, skipping, running etc.,    Shri P K Mishra, Additional General Manager SWR; Shri Ravi Kumar, Principal Chief Mechanical Engineer; Shri Arvind Malkhede, Divisional Railway Manager, Hubballi; Kum. Rupa Srinivasan, Principal Financial Advisor; Shri Anil Pavithran, Principal Chief Commercial Manager; Dr.Vilas Gunda, Principal Chief Medical Director; Shri M A V Ramanujam, Principal Chief Safety Officer and senior officers of Headquarters and Divisions took part in the fit India freedom run.

Fit India Movement is being conducted following  social distancing norms and encourages the new normal of ‘virtual runs’ as is being practiced by runners / walkers across the world. Fit India freedom Run is also being organized at the three divisions of SWR at Bengaluru, Mysuru and Hubballi and also at the Workhops of Mysuru and Hubballi. Over the Zone, Fit India Freedom Runs are being done o­n a daily basis and so far SWR officers and staff have covered more than 4 Lakh Kms in last 27 Days . This has gone a long way in creating fitness awareness among the Railway fraternity. 

In view of restrictions due to Covid, Railway is encouraging departments to organize fit India freedom run departmentally , in small units so that each and every employee and their families become aware of the importance of fitness especially in prevailing pandemic period  when  our immune system shall be strong  to fight the virus.

                                                                      Chief Public Relations Officer                                                                             South Western Railway, Hubballi


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