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Reach out to the poor, Rahul tells IT students


Amethi (Uttar Pradesh) : Despite the progress the country has made during the last 62 years, “60 percent of rural India still has no connectivity”, Congress general secretary and Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi said Wednesday, as he called upon students of an information technology institute here to “reach out to the poor”.

Rahul Gandhi, who was in the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT)-Allahabad branch of Amethi in Tikarmaphi locality to attend the certificate distribution function, said: “During the past 62 years of independence, India has progressed a lot. However, 60 percent of rural India still has no connectivity — in terms of roads, communication and electricity. I would only like to call upon you to reach out to the poor, get close to the problems to understand them better.”

“Question yourself, question the knowledge you have attained and try to understand the basic problems that are creating a hindrance in the development of the country,” he added.

“I am a politician, I am a human being. Likewise you are students and human beings. Your parents have taken care of you, educated you for 25 to 30 years. It is now your turn to pay them back by serving the nation and making them feel proud,” Rahul Gandhi added.

The Congress general secretary is on a three day visit to his constituency since Monday. After the function, he left on a tour of villages in the constituency.