The Water Cup was essentially a competition between different villages to see who can do the maximum work for watershed management and water conservation in the period of the competition. The competition period of the first edition of the Water Cup was 20th April to 5th June, 2016. The top three villages will get cash prizes of Rs. 50 lakhs, Rs. 30 lakhs and Rs. 20 lakhs respectively.
The first edition of the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup was restricted to one taluka each in three districts: Warud taluka in Amravati in Vidarbha, Ambajogai taluka in Beed in Marathwada and Koregaon taluka in Satara in western Maharashtra. It was a pilot edition which will enable to scale up and conduct the Water Cup on a much larger scale in subsequent editions.
During Water Cup, approximately 4,203 villagers completed work worth Rs. 1 crore in 45 days, just in Ambajogai taluka. Sounds impossible? Even kids who had watched Tare Zameen Par promised to bring Pani Zameen Par!
Moral of the Story: Save Rain Water into the ground. A country that doesn’t save rainwater will get no water to drink!
ABOUT PAANI FOUNDATION: Paani Foundation is a not-for-profit company set up by actor/director Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao in early 2016 in order to work towards creating a drought-free Maharashtra. The Foundation’s team comprises of the core team members of the Satyamev Jayate show. The CEO is Satyajit Bhatkal (director of Satyamev Jayate) and the COO is Reena Datta.
Dont know if the BHAKTAS will be too happy about this or sad? But the villagers are very happy!!!