It is also reported that Gates is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi later on Friday.
Gates met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi on Thursday. He also attended the inauguration ceremony of the Indian Newborn Action Plan (INAP) by Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and commended him for his pioneering work in polio eradication.
"There are lessons to be learnt from India's fight against polio which may be applied against other diseases also," he pointed out.
The philanthropist also lauded the government for expanding the list of diseases under the Universal Immunisation Programme. He also highlighted the importance of including the Rotavirus vaccine in the package.
Gates said that though he is enthused by the initiatives of the Modi government, the country still needs to ramp up its health budget.
"The goals (of the Modi government) are great but will they be able to steer them? Sometimes unpopular things need to be done for the good of the people. If you have a mandate then use it to do unpopular things," said Gates.
Gates is an American business magnate, philanthropist, investor, computer programmer, and inventor. He is the chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.