It was a call for the ‘Fit India Movement’ launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. And, joining the Centre’s initiative, #WalktoWorkMeghalaya is being organised as part of the ‘Fit India Campaign’.
The youngest and fittest chief minister, Conrad Sangma (41), on Thursday, walked to work as part of the launch of the ‘Fit India Movement’.
Conrad started walking at 9 am from his official residence at Goodwood Bungalow to the chief minister’s office at the main Secretariat Building. Walking via Nan Polo (Wards Lake) Road, the chief minister reached the state secretariat at 9.27 am.
He appealed to the citizens of the state to emulate this practice as it was not only healthy but cost-effective, too. He said that walking had multiple benefits — it reduced smoke emission from vehicles, traffic jams and much more.
No vehicular restrictions were imposed on the road down which the CM walked. But, interestingly, none of the CM’s Cabinet ministers followed him. Conrad was accompanied by his security personnel and some officials of the Directorate of Information and Public Relations and media.
‘Only the beginning of a Fit India’
‘To stay healthy, we should walk to work at least once a week, which, of course, I plan to do. I encourage you, maybe in the days to come, to walk to the office once a week and I think this will ensure that we have a fit Shillong, a fit Meghalaya and a fit India. I think it will be great for the future of our country’
—Conrad Sangma, Chief Minister, Meghalaya