Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar will confer the first ‘Antarrashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman’ to 30 media houses in New Delhi today.
The Ministry had instituted the award in June last year to mark the contribution of media in spreading the message of Yoga. It acknowledged the positive role and responsibility of the media in disseminating the outreach of Yoga in India and abroad.
Eleven awards will be conferred under the category of Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Newspapers. Eight awards will be presented under the category “Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Television while 11 will be conferred under the category “Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Radio. The award comprises of a special medal, plaque, trophy and a citation.
The contribution of Media in popularizing Yoga and the entries were assessed by a Jury comprising six members. It was headed by Justice C. K. Prasad, Chairman, Press Council of India. The International Day of Yoga is being celebrated on 21st of June every year since 2015.
The idea of International Day of Yoga was first proposed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2014.