Bill Gates in UP villages with Rahul Gandhi
Jais (Rae Bareli), May 11, 2010
First Published: 08:03 IST(11/5/2010)
Last Updated: 12:41 IST(11/5/2010)
American business magnate, philanthropist and chairman of Microsoft,
Bill Gates accompanied by All India Congress Committee general
secretary, Rahul Gandhi met rural women in the Rae Bareli and
Sultanpur on Tuesday. Gates' Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is
expected to strike a partnership with Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust
that runs welfare activities in both the districts.
Rae Bareli forms the parliamentary constituency of Rahul's mother and
AICC president, Sonia Gandhi and Amethi (in Sultanpur) is Rahul's.
Bill's visit happened little over a month after wife Melinda Gates
visited some villages in the state and in a meeting with the Chief
Minister Mayawati, committed Rs 250 crore more for health programmes.
Bill Gates flew in a chartered plane along with Rahul and landed at
Fursatganj airstrip in Rae Bareli 15 km from Jais. Jais is 32 km from
Rae Bareli district headquaters.
All the meetings that Gates-Rahul had with the rural women were
closely guarded ones with private US and India security rings around.
Media was kept at a distance and so were the state Congress
Bill Gates is Co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation, which today is one of the biggest charitable organization
working in the world.
Bill, during the visit, headed a delegation of the foundation to the
villages. The foundation gives grants for global health and
Gates for many years was the richest man in the world. He had founded
the computer giant Microsoft.
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