Swasth Bharat Yatra, the world’s biggest cyclothon to nudge people to ‘Eat Right’ is culminating in a grand finale in New Delhi after more than 100 days since its flag off on 16th October 2018, World Food Day. The Concluding Ceremony is being held at Central Park, Rajiv Chowk on 29th January 2019 with Hon’ble Minister of State, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Shri Choubey as Chief Guest and many other dignitaries.
The Yatra began from six different locations – Leh, Panaji, Thiruvananthapuram, Puducherry, Kolkota and Agartala on six different tracks in which more than 10,000 volunteer cyclists covered over 20,000 km across 36 States and UTs spreading the message of ‘Eat Safe, Eat Healthy and Eat Fortified’. This Yatra is a part of the ‘Eat Right India’ movement, a one-of-a-kind, pan-India, public health revolution to create a sustainable culture and habit of safe and healthy diets by promoting individual awareness, collective action, strengthening institutional systems and fostering partnerships.
Led by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, it is a collaborative effort of citizens, industry, social and professional organizations and other partners.
The Swasth Bharat Yatra witnessed the enthusiastic participation from all states and UTs. The tremendous effort of these states was recognized through an Awards Ceremony at the Grand Finale in New Delhi. Tamil Nadu was declared the ‘Best State Overall’ for its exemplary participation. Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra were adjudged the Best States with population above 3 crores. Punjab, Goa and Delhi were recognized as the Best States having population less than 3 crores. Meghalaya, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttrakhand were given special awards for their participation despite their hilly and difficult terrain. As a result of hurricane ‘Titli’, the route in West Bengal and Odisha had to be diverted through Bihar at the last moment. Despite that the state of Bihar managed all the events quite efficiently & co-ordinated them very well for which it received a special mention. Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli left a mark on Swasth Bharat Yatra even though these union territories got only one day for city activation. They organized all the events very impressively. Puducherry was the starting point for track 4. Although the cycles couldn’t reach there on time, still commendable efforts made to make the grand opening of Swasth Bharat Yatra. The Best Performing Cities were also recognized region-wise. Notably, Karbi Anglong, Assam, a very tiny hilly place saw the participation of almost every resident in the yatra. In Jabalpur, MP, a record breaking 1000 cyclists participated. Indore, MP had the largest of ‘Prabhat Pheri’ with more than 3000 participants. Bahragora, a small tribal town saw huge participation, particularly the musical flute band by the girls of Kasturba Vidhyalaya, which was noteworthy. Last but not the least, specially-abled cyclists were also honoured for their participation during the yatra, which served as an inspiration to all.