Bollywood actor Aamir Khan is going to be ambassador for Maharashtra government’s flagship programme — “Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan”. The formal decision is likely to be announced on Wednesday.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who launched the water conservation project in December 2014, had discussed the matter with Aamir last May, 2015. However, Aamir, who had already accepted to be the face of the “Swachch Maharashtra” campaign, wanted to study the project first before endorsing.
Highly placed sources revealed, “Aamir Khan had a detailed discussion on the project Fadnavis. He also spent eight hours with top bureaucrats to study the project.”
Aamir’s appointment was put on hold after his comments on “intolerance” lead to some discomfort at Centre. However, the state government was keen that Aamir accept the role of ambassador for its flagship project.
Under the “Jalyukta Shivar” project, water conservation projects were planned in 25,000 villages reeling under drought across Maharashtra are. In the first phase, the government completed 1.20 lakh works in 6,200 villages. The second phase will be rolled out in 5,000 drought-prone villages.
The water management expert and Magsaysay award winner Rajendra Singh has also played a crucial role by visiting villages to create awareness about water conservation.
Last week at a function, Singh publicly appreciated government for the initiative and also cautioned that it should maintain public participation.
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