Aamir Khan Vows to End Maharashtra Drought with Paani Foundation

Aamir Khan vows to end the Maharashtra drought crisis with the help of his successful initiative of Paani Foundation.

He lauded the Maharashtra government’s efforts in drought-ridden areas and said he wishes to help make Maharashtra drought free within the next five years.

1368 crores of water was saved by villagers under his initiative which equals Rs 272 crore worth of water being saved annually.

Filmmaker Raj Kumar Hirani is also backing Khan’s efforts, saying how his project began with three districts and now provides 140 villages with ample water.

Earlier this year, Aamir Khan had announced the Paani Foundation, a water-conservation initiative which aims to eliminate drought from Maharashtra. The actor and his wife Kiran Rao organised the first Satyamev Jayte Water Cup Awards 2016 function in Mumbai. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, along with Aamir’s colleagues from the industry, attended the function. The initiative has tasted success already in three talukas in Maharashtra.

Paani Foundation, a not-for-profit company whose main objective will be to communicate, impart knowledge and bring about a change in outlook at the grassroots level about water conservation and watershed management. Paani will work with the Maharashtra government towards solving the water crisis in the state.

The advisory board members of the Foundation are Ratan Tata, Nita Ambani, Deepak Parekh, Baba Kalyani, Anu Aga, Dr Avinash Pol, Popatrao Pawar, Svati Chakravarty and Atul Kulkarni.

Satyajit Bhatkal is the CEO, and Khan’s ex-wife Reena Dutta is COO. Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR), a not-for-profit NGO founded in 1993, is a knowledge partner.

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