According to the Drought Early Warning System (DEWS), around 42 per cent of India is 'abnormally dry' which is approximately around 6 per cent more than last year. Maharashtra is among some of the worst affected areas, apart from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and Rajasthan.
Randeep, joined the UK-based international humanitarian relief organization Khalsa Aid, and they recently visited drought-hit Vele village to provide drinking water to those affected.
The "Highway" actor posted a video on his Instagram page in which he urges the government to "find permanent solutions" for the drought victims.
He captioned the video: “There is a major shortage of water all over the country…in #Maharashtra near #Nashik village #Vele with @khalsaaid_indiavolunteers trying to do our bit #EveryDropCounts be as prudent as you can @khalsa_aid #SaveWater@narendramodi @amarpreetsingh_ka@ravisinghka”
In the video he says: "I am in village Vele (near Nasik). There is a great shortage of water, especially drinking water... All wells have dried up. This is a serious problem every summer. This area gets hit by drought.” He goes on to say: "Khalsa Aid team is here, volunteers are doing great groundwork here by providing 25 to 30 water tankers every day. I urge the government to step in and help these people and find some permanent solutions. A lot of dams are here, but people do not have access to it,"
In the background, volunteers can be seen providing water to the villagers and helping them fill bottles.
Water scarceness and environment preservation are issues that various members of the film industry often talk about, and feel the need to spread awareness about. For instance, filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, wanted to make a film titled "Paani". He often tweets about water conservation, keeping water bodies clean and wiping out the use and consumption of plastic.