Man on mission: Bill Gates meets CM Yogi in Uttar Pradesh

New Delhi, Nov 17: Microsoft founder and one of the richest man in the world,  Bill Gates is in India and this is one of his most hectic trips as he is making statements, visiting media offices and also meeting senior political leaders. This morning he visited Uttar Padesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

On Thursday he met 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, in New Delhi, 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

Assuring constructive support to India, Gates also explained about the various technologies being adopted by them in the field of agriculture and sanitation, it said.

News24Bureau with Agencies