By Sanchita Garule
The alarming rates of increase in droughts have affected several parts of Maharashtra and Marathwada region has always been the major affected area.
This year the government hospitals in Latur are facing tremendous water shortage. Taking this into consideration the 1989 batch of Police Inspectors decided to supply water to the hospitals for the entire month.
On the 2nd of April, a small inspiring message sent by Sanjay Pande, a member of the 1989 batch’s WhatsApp group, made everyone take such a wonderful decision.
The message in brief was to initiate his batch mates in helping the hospitals by supplying water and lessen the obstacles faced by the patients and the staff.
Nana Kadam, who works in Solapur decided to carry forward this idea and he contacted over 200 officers through WhatsApp groups.
Each person decided to contribute Rs 1000 per month and transfer them to Rajkumar Sonawane’s account (officer from Latur).
Another officer Anil Gaikwad from Nanded carried out the budgets regarding the approximate need and costing of water in the hospital.
Now patients will get mineral water since 15th April for drinking. This was possible because of Kishor Navande, officer of Pandharpur. He spoke to the manufacturers of packaged mineral water and convinced them to supply mineral water at reasonable cost.
Various officers from Pune and other areas were a helping hand to carry out this activity. “It’s a small gesture of our responsibility towards the society,” added inspector Anil Patil from Pune city police crime branch.
WhatsApp, which is criticised for being a huge distraction, will help in quenching thirst of people from Latur.
(Sanchita Garule is a student of MSc environmental science, Fergusson college, Pune)