The largest country-wide ‘Fit India Freedom Run’ organised by the Sports Ministry to encourage fitness has been started on and from 15th August 2020. The event launched by Honble Sports Minister has been organised to mark the 74th Independence Day of India on August 15 and will continue till the 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2, 2020.
The participants are encouraged to run at their own pace, anywhere and anytime as per their convenience. This is another endeavour to strengthen the FIT INDIA MOVEMENT envisaged by Honble Prime Minister. This is organised at the individual level as staying fit is the key to building strong immunity which is the need of the hour in order to fight the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In Southern Railway, Shri John Thomas, General Manager, Southern Railway, encourages each and every Railway employee to participate in the FIT INDIA movement.
In Southern Railway, the SRSA (Southern Railway Sports Association) is a premier organization in Indian Railway and also in the Indian Sports arena. As the patron of SRSA, the General Manager Southern Railway has directed all divisions and departments to organise and ensure participation in this Run. Southern Railway has an excellent track record of producing outstanding sportspersons. on the rolls of Southern Railway are 4 Padmashree, 30 Arjuna Awardees and 1 Khel Ratna Award winners. There are approximately 250 active sportspersons and 21 Coaches who are a part of the Sports fraternity of Southern Railway.
Southern Railway believes in Fit mind in a Healthy body and is supporting this event in full vigour while maintaining social distancing. In Southern Railway, the campaign is being led by Shri John Thomas, General Manager, Southern Railway, who along with Dr (Mrs) Bina John, President, Southern Railway Women’s Welfare Organisation are running/walking 6 km each everyday and encouraging other Railway Officials and their families.
All Office bearers of SRSA, Members in charge of various sports and athletic disciplines in SRSA are participating with their families. Many International /National Level sports persons and Coaches and Staff from various departments are also taking part. Many retired officers and employees are also participating and supporting this Run. The call from the Railways has seen active participation by all the Divisional Railway Managers in all the 6 Divisions of Chennai, Salem, Tiruchchirappalli, Madurai, Palakkad and Thiruvananthapuram.
In Chennai, Sports Officers and Arjuna Awardees Ms.K.Saramma, Shri.V.Devarajan, along with the Sports officials are actively participating and promoting this special fitness run. In Palghat Division, the Golden Girl of India, Mrs P.T.Usha (OSD/Sports) is leading the participants along with International sportspersons Ms Preeja Sridharan, Shri.Lijo David Thottan and Ms.P.U.Chitra.
In Tiruchchirappalli Division, International / National Athletes Shri Renjith Maheshwary, Shri.Elakiyadasan, Shri.Manikanda Arumugam, Ms. Chandralekha, Ms.V.S.Surekha are actively taking part in the programmes wheras in Salem Division, the participants are led by Arjuna Awardee Ms.Tintu Luka.
In Madurai Division Arjuna Awardee Shri. R.Chandrasekaran is leading the sportspersons and employees in this Fit India Run whereas in Trivandrum Division, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awardee Ms.K.M.Beenamol, and Internationational Sports person Shri.K.J Kapil Dev, are leading the participants.
Apart from the above mentioned sports persons of Southern Railway, Arjuna Awardees Shri Joseph Abraaham and Ms Geethu Anna Jose (Basket ball) from Trivandrum Division, International Athlete & coach Shri Nizamuddin from Salem Division, Former Indian Basketball captain Smt Anitha from Southern Railway HQRS, Inter National volleyball players Ms Minimol Abraham from Palakkad Division, and Shri Jyothish, Shri Mukesh Lal from Chennai Division, Former lnter National High jumper Shri N.Annavi from Tiruchchirappalli Division, etc are current Southern Railway Sportspersons taking part in the FIT INDIA Freedom Run Campaign and encouraging the participants.
Southern Railway is a staunch promoter of the concept, A HEALTHY MIND IN A HEALTHY BODY - To STAY FIT. In its bid to promote sports and sporting activity, 28 International / National level Sportspersons have been given appointment in various jobs in Southern Railway in the year 2019-20.