What is the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup about?

Who is Eligible to Participate?

Water Cup 2017 Calendar

Application Form

Aamir Khan’s Letter to Gram Panchayats

What is the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 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.

The competition period for the second edition of the Water Cup was 8th April to 22nd May 2017.

The top three villages will get cash prizes of Rs. 50 lakhs, Rs. 30 lakhs and Rs. 20 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?

To read names of the 1,300+ villages that participated in the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2017, visit

The names of the thirty talukas spread across Maharashtra eligible to participate in Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2017 were:

Ambajogai, Kaij and Dharur in Beed district, Bhoom, Paranda and Kalamb in Osmanabad district, Ausa and Nilanga in Latur district, Phulambri and Khultabad in Aurangabad district, Koregaon, Man and Khatav in Satara district, Khanapur, Atpadi and Jath in Sangli district, Purandar and Indapur in Pune district, Sangola and Uttar Solapur in Solapur district, Barshitakli, Patur and Akot in Akola district, Ralegaon, Kalamb and Umarkhed in Yavatmal district, Warud and Dharni in Amravati district, Karanja in Washim district and Arvi in Wardha district.

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 village 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.

Minimum Criteria to Win Prizes in the Water Cup 

The Satyamev Water Cup is a state-level competition and hence, some minimum criteria will need to be met in order to win the prizes.

    1. To win the state-level prize, the competing village must:

– Under the section 3 given below (through Shramdan/ Manushyabal), it must have done at least 2,500 cubic meter work; and

– Under the section 4 given below (through machines), it must have done at least 50,000 cubic meter work.

    1. To win the taluka-level prize, the competing village must:

– Under the section 3 given below (through Shramdan/ Manushyabal), it must have done at least 1,000 cubic meter work; and

– Under the section 4 given below (through machines), it must have done at least 20,000 cubic meter work.

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. The participating village must select five responsible villagers to be sent for this Training Camp. It is mandatory for these five villagers to complete all four days of the Training Camp. We urge that this group of five must consist of two women and two young participants. This year, we used a mobile app for the training. This app made many things easier. Hence, we requested that at least one of these five participants should be familiar with the use of a smartphone. 

If the participating village belongs to a Gat Gram Panchayat, it has to send a minimum of two and a maximum of three persons for the training. However, the entry form should be submitted through the Gram Panchayat.

Please note that only those villages who adhere to the above mentioned rules regarding the participation in the Training Camp, can participate in the competition. 

What is the Period of the Competition?

For most categories of marks, only the structures and treatments initiated and completed during the period of competition, i.e. between 8th April and 22nd May (both days inclusive) will be considered. However, Paani Foundation recommends that the works may be initiated well before the starting of competition so that the momentum of participation and systems for execution are set up at the village level well in advance.


Paani Foundation will not be funding any of the soil or water conservation work in any of the villages.

Villages are at liberty to mobilise funds, machinery, materials, etc. for soil and water conservation works. These could be:

  • From various Government schemes such as MGNREGA, IWMP, etc.
  • From corporates, voluntary organisations, non-government organisations (NGOs), charitable trusts or other private donors.
  • Voluntary contributions from villagers and from non-resident villagers residing in the towns/cities.

Technical Support

  • Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR), Ahmednagar is the knowledge partner of Paani Foundation for the Water Cup and has a large team of trained engineers and panlot sevaks. Villages through their Gram Panchayat may access technical support of these engineers or panlot sevaks for the purposes of planning, construction and measurements of watershed treatments and structures. During the period of the competition, Paani Foundation will make these services available to the competing villages free of cost. For this purpose the Gram Panchayat should approach the Taluka Co-ordinator of Paani Foundation.
  • Participating villages should please note that the responsibility of planning and executing various soil and water conservation and management works including securing permission for work, if any, is theirs alone and Paani Foundation and/or WOTR and/or the engineers or panlot sevaks should not be held responsible for the same.
Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2017 Calendar

31st January – The last date for villages in the thirty selected talukas to apply.
February and March – A four-day residential training camp will be organised for the five villagers selected by the Gram Panchayats.

8th April to 22nd May 2017 – Competition Period for Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2017.

22nd May to 31st May – Submission of Village Progress Report.

1st June to 30th June – Validation of the Village Progress Reports.

1st July to 15th July – Data Analysis of the work done by the villages.

15th July to 10th August – A panel of expert judges will visit the top villages and prepare results.


Application Form

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Aamir Khan’s Letter to Gram Panchayats

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