Supreme Court asks Centre to take a decision on framing national yoga policy
While hearing a plea which seeks the framing of a national yoga policy and making yoga compulsory for students of Class I-VIII across the country, the supreme court of India has asked the Centre to take a decision on yoga policy within three months.
Justice M B Lokur, who headed the bench, asked the Centre to treat the petitions filed by Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, a lawyer and Delhi BJP spokesperson and J C Seth on the issue as a representation and take a decision.
Upadhyay has sought a direction to the Ministry of Human Resources Development, NCERT, NCTE and CBSE to “provide standard textbooks of ‘yoga and health education’ for students of Class I-VIII keeping in spirit various fundamental rights such as the right to life, education and equality.”
‘Right to health’ is an integral part of right to life under the Article 21, it said, noting that it includes protection of health and is a minimum requirement to enable a person to live with human dignity.
“State has an obligation to provide health facilities to all the citizens, especially to children and adolescents. In a welfare state, it is obligation of the State to ensure the creation and sustenance of conditions congenial to good health,” the plea has said.