At a time when Maharashtra is facing one of its worst drought situations in several areas, Bollywood actor Aamir Khan extended a helping hand to the people. The Bollywood star adopted Tal and Koregaon villages – two of the worst affected villages in Maharashtra.
The Bollywood actor had also recently visited Beed from Aurangabad, one of the three worst affected districts in Maharashtra as part of a water conservation awareness campaign where the actor, applauding Maharashtra government’s Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyaan, had said, “Arresting rain water and conserving every drop are the only options to fight droughts and drought-like situations in the long run.”
The superstar along with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, recently visited a village and launched the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup – a water management and decentralisation contest among the villages of Maharashtra.
Aamir popularly known as Mr. Perfectionist is also working for water management in Maharashtra through a separate initiative – the Paani Foundation. Satyajit Bhatkal, the director of Aamir’s popular TV show Satyamev Jayate, is heading the initiative as the chief executive officer.
This is not the first time that Aamir is adopting the suffering villages. He had earlier adopted a village in Bhuj in Gujarat, which was devastated by earthquakes in 2001.
Earlier actors Nana Patekar and Akshay Kumar also extended help to the people who were suffering from drought. Akshay Kumar donated Rs 50 lakh for Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyaan. The motive of this initiative is to make the villages of Maharashtra drought-proof. The state-sponsored initiative will also involve construction of ponds in farms to harvest water.
According to official reports around 27,723 villages, nearly half of the 43,000 villages in Maharashtra have been declared drought-hit. The water crisis in the state is worsening day by day making the lives of villagers more difficult.