Bollywood actor Aamir Khan has adopted two villages in the drought-stricken state of Maharashtra. Amir is working with the Maharashtra government towards lessening the water crisis in the drought-hit state.
According to a report in India, Aamir has adopted drought affected Tal and Koregaon villages in Maharashtra. Aamir had earlier adopted a village in Bhuj in Gujarat, which was devastated by earthquakes in 2001.
Currently, Aamir is touring the drought-hit areas of Maharashtra to teach villagers the technique on water conservation. Aamir, popularly known as Mr Perfectionist, along with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis recently launched the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup – a water management and decentralisation contest among the villages of Maharashtra.
According to The Times Of India, of the 43,000 villages in the state, 27,723 villages have been declared drought-hit and 54 out of the 75 medium dams have been declared dry. The state is left with mere 380 cubic metres of water for use, making life for the farmers and their families a living hell.
Following the extreme conditions, the Maharashtra government has started the Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyaan that aims at making villages drought-proof by developing water harvesting techniques including construction of ponds. And actor Akshay Kumar has come forward to wholeheartedly support the initiative. Akshay has donated Rs 50 lakh towards the state-led initiative.
Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis, thanked Akshay for his generous contribution. Earlier too, the actor had donated Rs 90 lakh to help support the 180 families of farmers who had committed suicide.