Following complaints from the cadres about unapproachable ministers,Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi held a meeting of Union Ministers from Uttar Pradesh in Delhi on Monday evening and told them they would soon be allotted districts to look into the problems of workers.
AICC general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh Madhusudan Mistry,Congress state president Nirmal Khatri and Congress Legislature Party leader Pradeep Mathur were also present in the meeting lasting 45 minutes.
Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma could not make it to the meeting as he is on an official tour to Canada and is likely to return Tuesday.
According to sources,Mistry said in the meeting that workers feel there was no one to look after them or to patronise them.
A leader said Mistry also suggested that visits by ministers were necessary to boost the morale of workers at the district level.
Later,Rahul also asked ministers to follow Mistrys suggestion and motivate the cadres. They were also told that soon each minister would be allotted districts and they would be expected to visit them,hear out workers and solve their problems. These districts would be apart from their respective constituencies.
Each of the six union ministers would be allotted 10 districts. Though these districts were not allotted in the meeting,each minister has been asked to give at least four-five days in a month to these districts,listen to the workers,call up officials of the local administration in case of lacunae in implementation of centrally funded schemes, said a party leader.
Among the ministers,Jitin Prasada,Salman Khurshid,Pradeep Jain Aditya,Sriprakash Jaiswal and RPN Singh were present in the meeting.
During his ongoing state-wide tour of Uttar Pradesh,Mistry was repeatedly told by party workers that they feel helpless because it is difficult to approach union ministers,whereas workers of the Samajwadi Party are able to get works of locals done faster through the state government.