Government launches nationwide yoga initiative for inmates

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Kathmandu: In a groundbreaking move, the government is set to champion the transformative power of yoga to instill positive thinking among individuals accused of engaging in criminal activities.

This initiative, spearheaded by Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha, aims to introduce yoga as a means of self-awakening in ministries and their subordinate bodies, particularly within the prison system.

Under the visionary leadership of Deputy Prime Minister Shrestha, a collaborative effort has been initiated, involving key figures such as Home Secretary Dinesh Bhattarai, Director General of the Prison Management Department Kashiraj Dahal, Regional Acharya of Nepal Vipassana Center Roop Jyoti, and former Inspector General of Police Kuber Singh Rana.

In a pivotal meeting held at the Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday, the decision was made to kickstart the campaign with a yoga camp at Nakkhu Prison.

The inaugural ten-day yoga camp at Nakkhu Prison is scheduled to take place within the next month, paving the way for similar camps to be organized in prisons nationwide.

With a total of 74 prisons, including the Central Jail, and an inmate population of approximately 25,000, the initiative is poised to make a significant impact on the rehabilitation and well-being of those within the prison system.

Religious volunteer Sushil Shah, representing the Nepal Vipassana Center, highlighted that the camp will be seamlessly managed by the center jail itself.

This announcement follows the successful completion of the first phase of yoga camps in Nakkhu, Bhimphedi, Parasi, and Biratnagar jails, marking a promising step toward holistic inmate development and rehabilitation.