Amethi: Amid complaints that the poor do not get loans easily unlike the rich, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today said farmers and women, who were most needy, should be helped as they take the country forward.
"I have been told by people that while the rich get loans easily, those who are most needy, including poor farmers and women do not...," he said inaugurating a UCO Bank branch in his Lok Sabha constituency.
Before the functions, students of government girls inter college sat on dharna at Jais to protest lack of facilities and teachers. Rahul's route was diverted in view of the protest.
On complaints regarding difficulty in getting loans, the Congress leader said, "I will like to tell bank officials that this should not happen. I am confident that everyone is treated equally."
Rahul said those who are most needy should be helped "because they are the people, who take the country forward." He said the new computerised branch will provide farmers and women all facilities which till now were available in big cities like Delhi and Bangalore.
Rahul also distributed Kisan Credit Cards among beneficiaries. On the occasion, the bank adopted two villages - Bhadar and Ghroa. Earlier, the Congress leader attended a meeting of the district vigilance and monitoring committee in which it was stated that Amethi has ranked 6th in the state in MNREGA implementation.
Rahul said efforts should be made to take it to the top position. On complaints of beneficiaries of Indira Awas scheme being asked to pay bribe, it was decided that an inquiry would be conducted and action taken against erring officials.