Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday heaped praises on people’s participation for the success of the government’s flagship water conservation programme jalyukta shivar.
“If today, thousands of villagers have come forward to lend physical and financial help to make villages water reliant, it shows a great awakening and determination to overcome drought,” Fadnavis said.
Speaking at the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup Awards 2016, Fadnavis also praised actor Aamir Khan and his team for inculcating the spirit of participation in villages. Five villages that had done revolutionary work in water conservation were given Satyamev Jayate Water Cup Awards. Aamir Khan’s NGO Pani Foundation had played an active role in mobilising and training the villagers.
Fadnavis said, “Khan displayed the same level of perfection for water conservation projects as he does in filmmaking,”
Several moving stories about villagers coming forward to provide land or other contribution to make their villages self-reliant in water were shown on screen.
Khan, all praise for the CM, said, “It is his leadership which inspired us and made the work possible.” “The idea of a water cup competition came after my meeting with Fadnavis almost a year ago. I was touched by his sincerity and efforts to tackle drought,” recalled the actor.
The five villages given the awards were selected from the 19 drought-hit villages shortlisted for the competition. Velu (Koregaon) bagged the first prize of Rs 50 lakh. The second prize of Rs 30 lakh was shared by Kharartone (Ambejogai) and Jaigaon (Koregain). The third prize of Rs 20 lakh was shared by two villages Radi Tande (Ambejogai) and Wathode (Warud).