Suu Kyi visits Andhra villages

Hyderabad, Nov 17: Myanmar’s pro−democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi Saturday arrived in Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur district to study the socio−economic transformation of people in villages brought about by various government welfare schemes.

The Nobel laureate arrived in Kothulagutta village around 9.30 a.m. in a helicopter from Bangalore. She was accompanied by Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar.

Amid tight security, three helicopters carrying the leaders and their aides landed in the village.

Suu Kyi saw a power point presentation on the rural development in the state and the impact of the welfare schemes being implemented by the central and state governments.

She later travelled by road to Govindapuram village and interacted with the people working under the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGREGS).

The Myanmar opposition leader will also visit Papasanipalli village and interact with women to gain first hand knowledge of how the self−help group movement has changed their lives.

After visiting the house of a member of a self−help group, she will fly back to Bangalore.