Rahul, Priyanka donate three-wheelers to disabled

New Delhi: AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Vadra on Wednesday distributed three-wheelers to over 200 physically challenged persons here.

However, a few among those who received the free vehicles requested them to provide petrol allowance too as they could not afford to buy the fuel due to their low income.

"Thanks for giving us motor cycles. But our income is low and we should be given petrol allowance too," 35-year-old Prabhakar Prasad told Gandhi and Vadra as they interacted with the beneficiaries at the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation here.

"I will look into it," Gandhi told Prasad, who hugged him and posed for photographs after he was promised that his demand for increasing the pension given to physically- challenged persons would also be looked into.

Rahul and Priyanka, Trustee and Executive Trustee of the Foundation, interacted with almost all the 226 people who were given motorised three-wheelers by the Foundation and spent some time with them.

The young scions of the Nehru-Gandhi family went to almost every single person, exchanged pleasantries with them and heard their problems.

Sushil, who had come from Jammu, said, "We told him the problems we face. We get Rs 300 or Rs 400 as pension and we cannot buy petrol to run the vehicle. So we told him the need for petrol allowance. He listened to me patiently."

Rahul and Priyanka obliged the beneficiaries by posing for photographs with them. A few of them hugged the young leaders and presented shawls and books to them.

At the end of the programme, they also presented mementos to the donors and sponsors of the Foundation.