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 leadership.
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 development programmes.
Gates for many years was the richest man in the world. He had founded the computer giant Microsoft.