In two years we can make state drought-free, says Fadnavispune Updated: Aug 07, 2017 11:16 IST
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis (centre) with officials at the Paani foundation’s Satyamev Jayate Water cup in Pune.(HT Photo)
Speaking at the prize distribution ceremony of Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2017, an initiative of Paani Foundation, held in the city on Sunday, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “When the common man decides to do something a lot can be achieved. If we continue with these efforts, in two years we can make Maharashtra drought-free. A new movement has been started today. People who have worked to make their villages drought-free are the real heroes.”
Fadnavis said that he will make a provision of Rs 6.5 crore for villages who have done well in Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2017. Fadnavis further stated that what we need to focus on is conserving water, soil and jungles.
Among those present on the occasion were actor Shah Rukh Khan, chairperson and founder of Reliance Foundation Nita Ambani, CEO Paani Foundation Satyajit Bhatkal, water conservation minister Ram Shinde, conservationist Rajendra Singh, managing director, Bajaj Auto, Rajiv Bajaj and actor Atul Kulkarni.
Sharing his views Bhatkal said, “This initiative has brought together the government, farmers, industrialists, actors scientists and engineers. All these have come together today with a dream to make Maharashtra drought free.”
Shinde said that chief minister Devendra Fadnavis undertook the initiative of Jalyukt Shivar to make over 22,000 villages droughtfree which is now becoming a reality.
Nita Ambani said, “This day is important to all. When Amir Khan started this foundation no one felt it was possible, but now it has become a mass movement.”
Rajendra Singh said that when he started work of water conservation 34 years ago he never felt a day would come when so many people will talk about water. “Through this initiative a message is being given that rivers can be rejuvenated. Such initiatives must be undertaken across India,” he said.
Villages who had participated in the competition were given prizes on the occasion. The winners of the Water Cup were given Rs 50 lakh , Rs 30 lakh and Rs 20 lakh for first, second and third position respectively, with additional prize money from the government.