New Delhi, June 26: Sports Minister Vijay Goel and Union Enviornment & Forest Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday led the curtain raiser of the third edition of the Slum Daud. Thousands of youth from Delhi slums participated in the run which started from Kasturba Gandhi Polytechnic, Pitampura and ended at Pitampura Sports Complex.
Addressing the participants Goel said, “This is not just any other run but we are running for a better tomorrow, a New India where each youngster is a capable being and sports being one field in which we must grow big and powerful.“
Environment Minister Dr. Harshvardhan urged the youngsters to plant trees and take care of the environment for their safe and green future.
Meanwhile, Olympic medalist wrestler Sushil Kumar appreciated the Sports Ministry’s Slum Daud initiative and said that such competitions help in tapping the future sports-stars.
Notably, the Slum Yuva Daud and Adopt Slum campaigns aim at highlighting the government’s pro-people schemes among masses. A total 11 Slum Yuva Runs have been planned out of which 3 have already been completed successfully with mass participation.
Interestingly, the first edition of the Slum Daud was held on 26 May in which 5000 youngsters from various slums in Delhi participated wholeheartedly. The Slum Yuva Daud is part of the Adopt Slum Campaign initiated by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan.