Rahul Gandhi to study working of Grameen Bank

August 2nd, 2008 - 2:37 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Sonia Gandhi

Dhaka, Aug 2 (IANS) Rahul Gandhi, general secretary of India’s Congress party, who is on a five-day trip to Bangladesh to learn about the poverty alleviation programmes and the micro-finance projects of the nation’s famous Grameen Bank, will visit the bank’s head office here as well as a project in Manikganj district, officials said. Rahul Gandhi is being hosted by the Grameen Bank’s founder Muhammad Yunus and Bangladesh Rural Advancement Centre (BRAC), the country’s largest NGO engaged in work in rural areas.

“I was introduced to Rahul by his mother, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, at a function last year. He then expressed his interest in visiting Bangladesh,” the Nobel Laureate told reporters.

Officials of the Indian high commission and the Bangladesh government were present at the airport to receive Rahul Gandhi Friday.

“Rapid Action Battalion, armed police and intelligence agencies deployed a security blanket in the whole area to ensure security for the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family, the most prominent political family in India,” The Daily Star reported Saturday.

The visit of Rahul, son of former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi who was assassinated in 1991, is not being billed as political, given his preference for a low profile.

However, a visit by the young lawmaker is unusual in that only ministers and officials on both sides figure in sustaining bilateral ties.

Yunus quoted Rahul Gandhi as saying the visit was “a learning trip”.

The 38-year-old member of Indian parliament, representing Amethi constituency of Uttar Pradesh, will learn first hand about different programmes of BRAC, including micro-finance, women’s empowerment, community health, education, and legal and human rights protection.

Government officials said the Congress general secretary will visit the Grameen Bank’s head office in Mirpur in the national capital Monday and hold a meeting with bank officials.

He will also see the implementation of the bank’s programmes in Shingair town of Manikganj district Sunday.

Rahul Gandhi and won a landslide victory in 2004 Lok Sabha elections, contesting from his late father’s former constituency of Amethi.

“The Nehru-Gandhi family has been involved in various micro credit projects in Amethi and Rae Bareilly parliamentary constituencies of Rahul and his mother Sonia respectively. His sister Priyanka Gandhi too has been promoting women’s self-help groups in Amethi,” The Daily Star said.

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