The government spent more than Rs 92 lakh in order to procure mats for International Yoga Day (IYD) celebrations at Rajpath on June 21, Rajya Sabha was informed today.
“The Ministry of AYUSH procured 37,000 yoga mats on the occasion of celebrations of IYD on June 21 at Rajpath through the agency Ms Arch Concept Pvt Ltd hired for event management activity through open tender basis,” AYUSH minister Shripad Naik said in a written reply.
“The total amount spent on purchase of 37,000 yoga mats is Rs.92,50,000 plus taxes,” Naik clarified.
When asked whether the mats had been procured from China, Naik said that the procurement was made through the local event management agency following the procedure laid down in General Financial Rules 2005.
With more than 35,000 people participating, the IYD celebrations at Rajpath had made it to the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest yoga demonstration at a single venue.
In a reply made a few days back, the government had also said that it spent over Rs 32 crores in all while organising the first IYD.