Mission Paani Waterthon LIVE Updates: Mission Paani, an initiative by News18 and Harpic India, will culminate with 8-hour-long Mission Paani Waterthon today. Hosted by Akshay Kumar, the campaign ambassador, the event will emphasise on ‘Paani Ki Kahaani, Bhaarat Ki Zubaani’, the theme to raise awareness about water crisis in India. The 8-hour telethon starting 12.30 pm will feature a host of eminent personalities from different walks of life take the Jal Pratigya, a water oath.
The waterthon shall witness notable personalities and celebrities like AR Rahman, Mallika Sarabhai, Prasoon Joshi, Sadhguru, HH Chidanand Swami, Rajkumar Rao, Mandira Bedi, Neha Dhupia, Dia Mirza, Gul Panag, Bhumi Pednekar, Vishwanathan Anand and Smriti Mandhana among others. Union ministers and political dignitaries, such as Gajendra Singh Shekhawat — Minister of Jal Shakti, Department of Water Resources, RD & GR, Dr. Harsh Vardhan — Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Science & Tech, Earth Sciences, Govt of India, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ — Minister, Human Resource Development, Government of India, Smriti Irani — Union Cabinet Minister for Textiles and Women & Child Development, Nitin Gadkari — Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises Government of India and Kiren Rijiju — Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports (I/C) will also be seen at the event.
Thousands have been drafted into the Mission Paani movement, through the administering of a Jal Pratigya, which obliges them to live a life of judicious water use and hygiene. Mission Paani Waterthon is set to feature notable individual efforts to conserve water and promote hygiene, whether it’s Lt. Col. SG Dalvi, who has spearheaded a new movement to conserve rainwater, or Amla Ruia, who works to combat water shortage across India. Also in attendance would be remarkable young activists, like Licipriya Kanjugam, one of the youngest climate activists in the world, and Naina Lal Kidwai, a banking veteran who now works to alleviate India’s water crisis.
While the Mission Paani Waterthon will be a grand stage to celebrate efforts for water conservations and hygiene, it will also provide the perfect platform for policymakers and thought leaders to chart out the road ahead.