Competition Rules

Here are the rules for the villages participating in the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2018.

The top three villages will get cash prizes of ₹75 lakhs, ₹50 lakhs and ₹40 lakhs respectively. In addition, the top village from each taluka will get a cash prize of ₹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 ₹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.

Every revenue village in the selected 75 talukas is eligible to participate. So, participation is based on self-selection and the application form needs to be sent by the 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.

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.

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.

Each village that wishes to compete in the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup must submit the application form, with both parts A and B duly filled in, to the concerned taluka co-ordinator or Gram Sevak. The application form mentions the name of the relevant taluka co-ordinator.

Part A of the form should be signed by the Sarpanch or Gram Sevak. Revenue villages in Group Gram Panchayats, too, have to fill in this form. Such villages have to get the form signed by the Sarpanch or Gram Sevak of the Group Gram Panchayat concerned. The last date for submission of Part A is 10th January 2018.

Once a village has submitted Part A of the form, it will be given Part B form to fill in. The last date for submitting Part B is 31st January 2018. Part B form contains information about the village. This information is as per government records. If any of the information in the form is incorrect, the village can intimate Paani Foundation until 10th February 2018 via letter on the village’s official letterhead. Attached to the letter must be a statement from the Tehsildar to the effect that the information in the letter is accurate. No corrections will be admissible after the deadline of 10th February 2018.

The information that is missing in Part B of the application form must be provided by the village itself, along with the signature of the village’s Talathi. Also necessary for Part B is a Gram Sabha, in which the village must pass a resolution to take part in the Water Cup, and must nominate as per given guidelines the appropriate number of villagers for the residential training programme.

Paani Foundation, at any time during the competition, has the right to change any inaccurate information. Paani Foundation reserves the right to disqualify from the competition any village that has knowingly furnished wrong information.

Paani Foundation will bear all costs at the training centres. We will pay the costs of transport from the taluka pick-up point to the training centre. The Gram Panchayat will be intimated as to the date and place of training.

Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the training. The trainees must be free of addictions. Consumption of alcohol during the training will lead to disqualification of the village from the Water Cup.

For many aspects of the competition, only those watershed treatments will be considered for marking which are completed during the period of the competition (8th April 2018 to 22nd May 2018). But the following treatments may be completed even before this period:

Soak pits

Plant nursery

Soil sample testing (after 1st January 2018)

Cessation of crop burning

Water conservation works

Satyamev Jayate Water Cup is a state-level competition; to be considered for a state-level prize, a village must do at least the following:

– Create at least 4,000 cubic metres of water storage capacity as under section three of the marking system (water storage/desilting prevention treatments done through voluntary manual labour/Shramdaan)

– Create at least 50,000 cubic metres of water storage capacity as under section four of the marking system (water storage/desilting prevention treatments done with the help of machines)

In order to be considered for a taluka-level prize, the village must do the following:

– Create at least 2,500 cubic metres of water storage capacity as under section three of the marking system (water storage/desilting prevention treatments done through voluntary manual labour/Shramdaan)

– Create at least 20,000 cubic metres of water storage capacity as under section four of the marking system (water storage/desilting prevention treatments done with the help of machines)

Paani Foundation does not give any form of financial aid to any competing villages. The village may obtain funds for watershed work, machines and materials through the following means:

– Government schemes, for example, Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan, MNREGA, etc.

– Donations from companies, voluntary organisations, NGOs or individuals

– Voluntary donations by villagers or those who have moved to cities from the particular village

Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR), Ahmednagar, is Paani Foundation’s knowledge partner for the Water Cup. Their trained engineers have formed a team along with Paani Foundation’s technical trainers and Watershed Workers (Panlot Sevaks); this team provides advice to villages on request. Paani Foundation provides this service free of cost. In order to avail the service, the Gram Panchayat of the concerned village must contact Paani Foundation’s taluka co-ordinator.

Please note that if any permissions are needed for conducting any soil or water conservation tasks, these must be obtained by the concerned Gram Panchayat. Obtaining these permissions is not the responsibility of the Paani Foundation or WOTR team.

Villages competing in the Water Cup must use the Paani Foundation App to submit their planning forms duly signed by the village Sarpanch. The deadline for submission of the form is announced during training. Please check whether the App has confirmed that the form has been submitted to Paani Foundation successfully. Submission of the planning form tells Paani Foundation that the village wants to take part in the Water Cup.

Failure to submit the planning form by the due date will make the concerned village ineligible to take part in the Water Cup.

Villages can make changes in planning forms even after submission, by submitting a ‘New Entry’.

The village must make a ‘New Entry’ in the planning form in order to work on any watershed treatment that is not mentioned in the planning form. A photo of the proposed site for watershed development must be uploaded. This photo will serve to prove that the proposed site is vacant and that the watershed treatment has been made during the competition period. Without photographic evidence of the pre-treatment site, Paani Foundation cannot consider the particular watershed treatment for judging.

As mentioned above, it is mandatory to furnish a photo of the watershed treatment site before work on it has commenced. Moreover, photos of the site after work on it has completed must be included in the logbook. ‘Before and after’ photos are necessary in order to consider the work done by the village for the Water Cup.

The App will not accept photos unless you have switched on the ‘Location’ feature of your phone. Switching on the ‘Location’ feature allows GPS tagging of your photos.

In this way, the App captures details of when and where a particular photo was taken, both during the planning and evaluation stages. Comparing the photos helps establish the fact that they are of the same site, and that the site was developed during the Water Cup competition period. But if the ‘before’ and ‘after’ photographs show different sites, Paani Foundation judges may disqualify the particular entry from marking for the Water Cup.

If Paani Foundation determines that a village has deliberately filed incorrect information, that village will stand disqualified from the competition.

We request all competing villages to waste no time once the watershed tasks are completed, and to promptly measure and upload the details of completed tasks on the Paani Foundation App. This information reaches Paani Foundation over the Internet; therefore, the competing village must ensure that at least once in a week, the smartphone with the App is taken to a place where WiFi or mobile internet is available. Paani Foundation’s taluka offices have WiFi internet connections available. These connections may be used by competing villages as needed.

All competing villages must submit their duly filled-in work completion forms on the App on or before 27th May 2018. Information furnished after this date will be inadmissible.

From the measurements submitted by the villages of the work completed during the competition period, the Paani Foundation team will compile a list of leading villages.

Paani Foundation’s team of judges will closely check and verify the information submitted by the villages in this list. Information submitted by any other village during the competition may also be considered for checking.

If the measurements submitted by villages fall outside certain margins of error, the measurements of the same treatment throughout the village will be adjusted accordingly. The measurements submitted by Paani Foundation’s judges at the end of the verification process will be considered final.

It is primarily an exercise of self-assessment. The competing villages have to feed the number of watershed works completed and magnitude of works completed into the Paani Foundation App; the App will automatically assign marks to each village.

Following are the exceptions: those works which will be inspected in person for qualitative assessment:

Quality of work- 10 marks

Treatments that address the deficit in the water budget- 3 marks

For villages that have no existing watershed structures for repair and no wells fit for rejuvenation, 3, 7, or 10 marks will be awarded under section 10 of the marking system.

At least 13 and at most 23 marks will be awarded under the qualitative marking component; for this, a visit will be paid to the village.

At least 77 and at most 87 marks are objective and based on self-assessment. Only if a particular village has scored well enough that it is in the reckoning for a prize at state or taluka level, will its qualitative marks be counted by a panel of judges appointed by Paani Foundation.

Paani Foundation will appoint a panel of judges that will ascertain the winners at the taluka level. These judges will visit (for a final assessment) only those villages which are in the reckoning for a prize, based on their scores on the App and the verification of their work by Paani Foundation. The scores on the App and the marks awarded by the panel will be added up in order to determine the taluka-level prize winners.

Paani Foundation will appoint a panel of senior judges that will ascertain the winners at the state level. These judges will visit (for a final assessment) only those villages which are in the reckoning for a state-level prize, based on their scores on the App and the verification of their work by Paani Foundation. The scores on the App and the marks awarded by the panel will be added up in order to determine the state-level prize winners.

Competing villages must abide by the judges’ decisions, which will be final and binding.

Prize money can be put to a particular use only with a (consensus) decision to that effect by the Gram Sabha. In our experience till date, the receipt of prize money creates immense enthusiasm in the winning village, and inspires many villagers to propose worthy uses for the money. But there is also the possibility that the money becomes the focal point of disputes in the village; and such disputes dispel the unity forged during the Water Cup. As a result, the village’s development comes to a grinding halt.

In order to sidestep such troubles, it is necessary to take the village into confidence, to enter into meaningful dialogue with it as to the use of the money and the projects that can be funded. Such decisions are to be taken (preferably by consensus) through resolutions passed by the Gram Sabha. Revenue villages, too, must hold Gaav Sabhas for this purpose.

The Gram Sabha must be held in the presence of Paani Foundation’s taluka co-ordinator, and must be videographed. A copy of the Gram Sabha resolution and video must be submitted to Paani Foundation.

Please note: Each village that takes part in the Water Cup has an opportunity to become water-abundant. That is the biggest and most important prize. We are proud of each and every village that wholeheartedly participates in the Water Cup. All the best for the competition!