Maharashtra is reeling under a severe heatwave, and parts of Vidharbha and Marathwada are battling with acute water scarcity. The drought situation affects large parts of rural Maharashtra every year, and it cripples every aspect of the social life in thousands of villages.
Bollywood’s superstar and Mr perfectionist Amir Khan have launched a campaign, Pani Foundation to fight with drought in rural Maharashtra. Thousands of volunteers, across the state, are doing their bit to conserve water. And a doctor couple from Yavatmal has also stepped forward to help this social cause.
The couple, Dr Prashant Kasare-Patil and his wife Dr Rekha Kasare-Patil, has donated Rs one-and-a-half lakh to the Pani Foundation, which they have saved for the opening of their hospital.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Prashant, who is orthopedic by profession, said, “Yavatmal is facing severe drought this year. So we thought that rather than spending lakhs of Rupees on the inauguration of our new hospital, we would spend it for a social cause. The idea struck us and we decided to donate the amount, which we had saved, to Pani Foundation,”
Dr Rekha added, “People living in Vidharbha and Marathwada are facing a tough time. The wells have gone dry. And the people have to travel a long distance to fetch water, that to kilometers away. The situation is very grim. Everyone is doing their bit, in order to conserve water for future. So, we decided to donate the money to the social cause.”
Pani Foundation aims to harness the power of communication to mobilise, motivate and train people in this mission to eradicate drought-like situations.