DR. AVINASH POL Co-Founder: Paani Foundation
Down to earth nature is the sign of Dr. Avinash Pol. He is a dental surgeon by profession. Native place (Beblewadi near Satara, Maharashtra) is the source of energy for him.. He is known for his work in rural area. He guided the residents of more than 70 villages in Maharashtra to revive water bodies, sanitation work, and to learn about beneficial government schemes. Mr. Pol adopted villages in Satara district to turn them into the clean dwellings. Dr. Pol intensive on cleanness for almost 6-7 years. While doing this, he came to realize that insufficient water supply was a big challenge for the villagers. He started building canals, linking wells, and rivers, to begin with, this help to free villages from dependency on Tankers for water. He helps to build a lake which is full of about 10 crore liters of potable water. Dr. Pol helped to revive lakes like Bichukale, Palshi, Kirkasal, Panwan, Jakhangaon, and Velu in Satara, Akoladev, and Ghanewadi of Jalna, and Kingaon of Aurangabad. The water revolution gained such a momentum that the people started calling him as “Panyacha Doctor” (Water Doctor). Dr. Pol is now on the advisory committee of the “Paani Foundation” started by the actor Amir Khan and also a trustee of the “Naam Foundation”, an NGO started by the actors Makarand Anaspure and Nana Patekar. Efforts taken by him from last 16-17 years have borne fruits and hence he receives many awards for his social contribution: 1. Nirmal Gram Puraskar as Promoter from excellency Ex-President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam sir 2. Swachhata Doot Puraskar from Government of Maharashtra. 3. Shatayushi Puraskar from Dr. Sangamnerkar Foundation.