What is the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup competition about?

The Satyamev Jayate Water Cup is 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. Water Cup 2018 (the third edition of the competition) will be held in 75 talukas of Maharashtra from 8th April to 22nd May 2018.

The top three villages will get cash prizes of Rs. 75 lakhs, Rs. 50 lakhs and Rs. 40 lakhs respectively. In addition, the top village from each taluka will get a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakhs. If a village has secured one of the top three prizes at the state level, then it will not be eligible for the Rs. 10 lakh prize that will be given to the top village in the taluka. In such a case, the top prize of the taluka will go to the next village.

Who is eligible to participate?

The names of the 75 talukas spread across Maharashtra eligible to participate in Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2018 are:

North Maharashtra Region:

District: Jalgaon, Taluka:  Amalner, Parola

District: Nandurbar, Taluka: Shahada, Nandurbar

District: Dhule, Taluka: Dhule, Sindkheda

District: Nashik, Taluka: Chandwad, Sinnar

District: Ahmednagar, Taluka:  Jamkhed, Patharadi, Ahmednagar, Parner, Karjat

Western Maharashtra Region:

District: Satara, Taluka:  Man, Khatav, Koregaon

District: Solapur, Taluka:  Sangola, Uttar Solapur, Karmala, Barshi, Madha, Mangalwedha

District: Sangli, Taluka: Atpadi, Jath, Khanapur, Kavathe-Mahankal, Tasgaon

District: Pune, Taluka:  Baramati, Indapur, Purandar

Vidarbha Region:

District: Buldhana, Taluka: Motala, Jalgaon Jamod, Sangrampur

District: Akola, Taluka: Akot, Patur, Barshitakli, Tilhara

District: Washim, Taluka: Karanja, Mangrul Pir

District: Amravati, Taluka:  Dharni, Warud, Morshi, Chikhaldara, Nandagaon (K)

District: Yavatmal, Taluka: Ralegaon, Kalamb, Umarkhed, Yavatmal, Ghatanji, Dharva

District: Wardha, Taluka: Arvi, Deori, Karanja Ghadge, Selu

District: Nagpur, Taluka: Narkhed

Marathwada Region:

District: Aurangabad, Taluka: Khultabad, Phulambri, Vaijapur

District: Beed, Taluka: Kaij, Dharur, Ambajogai, Asti, Parali Vaijinath

District: Osmanabad, Taluka: Kalamb, Bhoom, Paranda, Osmanabad

District: Hingoli, Taluka:  Kalamnuri

District: Parbhani, Taluka: Jintur

District: Nanded, Taluka: Bhokar, Loha

District: Jalna, Taluka: Jafrabad

District: Latur, Taluka: Ausa, Nilanga, Devni

Every revenue village in the selected talukas is eligible to participate. So, participation is based on self-selection and the application form needs to be sent by the Gram Panchayat.

Is participation by a village or by a Gram Panchayat?

The unit for participation and for measurement of performance in the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup is the revenue village. In most cases there is no difference between a revenue village and a Gram Panchayat. Both are the same. However, there is more than one revenue village in a Gat (Group) Gram Panchayat.

If yours is a Gat Gram Panchayat:

·  Each of its member revenue villages can participate separately in the competition; or

·  All the revenue villages of a Gat Gram Panchayat can come together as a single Gram Panchayat to participate in the competition; or

·  Some revenue villages of a Gat Gram Panchayat can come together and participate in the competition.

In any/all of these options, the competition entry form is to be filled only by the Gram Panchayat.

Terms of participating in the competition 

In order to participate, every village must comply with two conditions:

1. The participating Gram Panchayat must hold a Gram Sabha and pass a resolution authorising participation in the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup.

2. A four-day Training Camp will be organised by Paani Foundation to train villagers in the science of watershed management. It is mandatory for each participating village to send people who will attend the entire Training Camp as per the below criteria.

Criteria for selecting training participants 

If the participating village belongs to a Gat Gram Panchayat, it has to send a minimum of three and a maximum of five persons for the training. At least one of them should be a woman.

If the population of the participating village is below 2,000, it must select five responsible villagers to be sent for this Training Camp. We urge that this group of five must consist of the village sarpanch or vice-sarpanch, two women and two young participants.

We will use a mobile app for the training. Hence, we request that at least one of these five participants should be familiar with the use of a smartphone.If the population of the village is above 2,000, it can send over five villagers for the training as follows:

Village Population                                                          Maximum Number of Participants 

2000–2999                                                                                       6

3000–3999                                                                                       7

4000–4999                                                                                       8

More than 5000                                                                              9

Please note that only those villages that adhere to the above mentioned rules regarding the minimum number of participants to be sent for the Training Camp will be eligible for the competition. If, for some reason, all five participants from a village are unable to attend the Training Camp at the same time, one more chance will be given to that village to send the remaining participant/s for the training. If the village is unable to do the needful, it will be excluded from the competition.
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