Readers may remember that, last year, Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao had set up ‘Paani Foundation’, a non-profit organisation that works towards creating a drought-free Maharashtra. Under the aegis of ‘Paani Foundation’, Aamir Khan had initiated the ‘Satyamev Jayate Water Cup’, a competition between various villages to extract the maximum work for watershed management and water conservation in the period of the competition.
Last year, the water conservative initiative had been implemented in three tehsils. According to ‘Paani Foundation’, last year, as many as 116 villages took part in the ‘Satyamev Jayate Water Cup’. The total water storage created by the competing villages was a whopping 13,68,000 litres.
Yesterday, Aamir Khan announced the second edition of the ‘Satyamev Jayate Water Cup’, with an aim to extend the watershed management programme to 30 tehsils in Maharashtra. Speaking about the same, Aamir Khan said, “The first edition of water cup was a pilot project. With its success, we now want to extend the watershed management programme to 30 more talukas in Maharashtra to make the villages water-sufficient with people’s participation. Since, we are scaling up our battle against drought in the second edition with an aim to take the initiative to 30 tehsils; it will be a challenge for us as we will have to increase our expertise. We will have to scale up on our training facilities so that the quality of knowledge remains the same.”
Yesterday, Aamir Khan and ‘Paani Foundation’s CEO Satyajit Bhatkal, were in Pune in order to present the whole entire plan for the second edition of ‘Satyamev Jayate Water Cup’. Besides interacting with around 700 volunteers of ‘Bhartiya Jain Sanghtana’ (BJS), Aamir Khan also met the children of farmers who have committed suicide over last few years.