Lucknow: Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who is in India, on Friday paid a visit to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow at his office.
Gates on Thursday met with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and discussed with him various welfare initiatives of the American philanthropies in India. The meeting assumes significance as registration of one of the Indian NGOs, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), which has been working in the field of public health, was cancelled by the home ministry in April.
The Gates Foundation was one of the donors to this NGO. The home minister met Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, here, an official statement said.
Singh appreciated the various welfare works being undertaken by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in India and he requested Gates to initiate health awareness programmes in India.
The home minister also suggested that the foundation should concentrate on developing villages and make them “model villages” so that the local people get inspired, the statement said.