It’s a hat trick for Aamir Khan!

(L-R) Satyajit Bhatkal,CEO, Paani Foundation, Mr. Jaykumar Rawal, Ministry Employment Guarantee Scheme, Kiran Rao, Founder Paani Foundation, Mr. Ratan Tata, Tata Trust, Hon. CM, Devendra Fadanvis, Aamir Khan, Founder ??Paani Foundation, Mukesh Ambani, Rel

After receiving an overwhelming response in 2016 and 2017 from the people of Maharashtra, Paani Foundation today announced the launch of the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup, 2018. Senior industrialists like Ratan Tata, Mukesh Ambani, Shantilal Mutha, and President of the Jain Seva Sangh, State minister Jaikumar Raval, Satyajit Bhatkal, CEO, Paani Foundation and Dr. Avinash Pol were present at the launch of the Water Cup. The launch was done at the hands of Honorable Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri. Devendra Fadnavis.

On the occasion Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “Maharashtra would be drought free by 2019 because of measures undertaken by the state government and responsible citizen like Aamir Khan and his unique initiative like Paani Foundation. Paani Foundation’s work in the field of water conservation and watershed management has indeed been a major contributing factor towards water conservation in Maharashtra. Paani Foundation demonstrates a unique symbiosis between
people from Bollywood & Corporate World. It’s just not an initiative but a people’s movement which clearly shows that water conservation can be done without building huge dams. For transformation people’s participation is the key and driving force and that’s what Paani Foundation has managed to do through Satyamev Jayate Water Cup.”

Mr. Aamir Khan, Founder, Paani foundation shared, "This year is an opportunity and a great challenge in front of us. Increase in number of villages and mass participation has put a lot of onus on us to deliver. While it is a challenge, it also provides all of us a great opportunity to prove our mettle. If we manage to achieve what we intend to it'll give a major boost to our efforts to make Maharashtra drought-free and once again reiterate our commitment to the cause.”

Paani Foundation is an initiative set up by Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao. It has been working since the year 2016 to create a people’s movement for drought-free Maharashtra. This year the competition tenure for Satyamev Jayate Water Cup is from 8th April to 22nd May 2018. The top three villages will get a cash prize of Rs. 75 lakhs, Rs. 50 lakhs and Rs. 40 lakhs respectively. In addition, the top village from each taluka will get a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakhs. The total prize money which the villages stand to win in the competition is nearly Rs. 10 crores.

Satyamev Jayate Water Cup is a competition between different villages to see who can do the best work for watershed management and water conservation in the period of the competition. As part of the competition, Paani Foundation will train the villagers in the science of watershed development. These villagers will then participate in the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup. The 45-day long competition involves ‘Shramdan,’ (voluntary labour) in building important structures and thus, water storage capacities. Every revenue village in the selected talukas is eligible to participate.

This year the competition has been extended to 75 talukas in 24 districts of Maharashtra. Every village in the selected talukas is eligible to participate and has been given Aamir Khan's signature invitation for this purpose. A grand photo exhibition that explains the journey and purpose of the Water Cup was organized in close conjunction with the government of Maharashtra in all 75 talukas and has been attended by lakhs of villagers and students.

The entry form is in two parts. Over 7200 villages have submitted Entry Form Part 1 so far. The second part of the form requires the village to hold a gram sabha and select 5 participants for the four day training conducted by Paani Foundation. The last date for submitting the completed entry form Part 2 is 31st January 2018. Paani Foundation extends a warm invitation to all the villages in the selected talukas to complete the entry process and begin their journey to water and prosperity.