Aamir Khan on Wednesday praised Nana Patekar for selflessly extending financial help to drought-hit farmers in Maharashtra. At a press conference held in the presence of Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis to announce Satyamev Jayate Water Cup, an initiative kickstarted by Aamir’s Not-For-Profit company, Paani Foundation in association with the Maharashtra government to solve the state’s water crisis, the Dangal actor expressed his desire to join hands with Nana Patekar to help solve the water crunch faced by Maharashtra farmers.
“I will meet Nana today. I happened to see his film Natsamrat which I found to be brilliant.I will talk to him today. He is doing some great work. All of us have seen what he has done. Like Nana, more and more people need to come forward for this cause. Nana has started this act which is wonderful. He is doing great work and showing his sensitivity to such an important issue. We would only like to add to that,” Aamir.
Aamir also expressed hope that many others would come forward to help solve the water crisis brewing in Maharashtra. Referring to Maharashtra as his janmabhoomi and karmabhoomi, Aamir said that he had discussed about his new project with CM Fadnavis on May 1, 2015. After receiving a green signal from the CM, Aamir roped in some of his influential friends like Mukesh Ambani, Ratan Tata, Sachin Tendulkar who are now part of the advisory panel of Paani Foundation and will actively contribute to help eradicate water scarcity.
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Aamir, on his part, emphasised on the need to create a civil society movement which will help educate one and all about respecting our water resources.
“If we respect water, it will also respect us. To catch and save water, we have to unite or else water will flow through the gaps that exist between us. We need to take a lot of initiatives and educate people which is important. And the first step towards the same is Satyamev Jayate Water Cup,” he said.
Satyamev Jayate Water Cup aims to create a people’s movement for a better future. It is the first step taken by Aamir’s Paani foundation to solve the water problem of Maharashtra. Aamir also said that the project will also act as an opportunity for his team to learn along with the villagers. Under the umbrella of Water Cup, three talukas (Koregaon, Warud and Ambajogai) belonging to three separate districts of Maharashtra will be taught techniques of water preservation and cash prizes of 50 lakhs, 30 lakhs and 20 lakhs will be awarded to the first, second and third village respectively.