The Congress on Friday allotted 12 districts to each of its six Union ministers from Uttar Pradesh to tour,monitor UPA flagship schemes and listen to the problems of workers.
Three VVIP districts Amethi represented by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi,Rae Bareli represented by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and neighbouring Sultanpur have been excluded from the list. There is a separate system of monitoring schemes and solving worker issues in Amethi and Rae Bareli,which is directly managed by the offices of Rahul and Sonia.
As part of the new experiment,the parliamentary constituency of one minister has been allotted to another for monitoring and touring.
Earlier this week,Rahul had called separate meetings of these ministers and told them to tour the state extensively. He had also told them that soon they would be allotted districts and be held responsible for solving problems of workers from there through at least two such visits each month. Complaints had come during the statewide tour of AICC general secretary Madhusudan Mistry that the ministers were unapproachable.
Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma has been given Aligarh,Agra,Firozabad,Mathura,Kansganj,Etah,Hathras,Mainpuri,Shahjahanpur. The list also includes Farrukhabad,which falls under the parliamentary constituency of Salman Khurshid,as well as Lakhimpur Khiri and Sitapur districts,which fall in the parliamentary constituency of Jitin Prasada.
Union External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has been given Muzaffarnagar,Hapur,Meerut,Baghpat,Bulandshahr,Sambhal,Bijnor,Amroha,Saharanpur,Shamli,Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar.
Union Minister of State for Rural Development Pradeep Jain Aditya has been given Unnao,Kannauj,Banda,Chitrakoot,Hamirpur,Mahoba,Jalaun,Fatehpur,Etawah,Auraiya and also Kanpur and Kanpur Dehat,which fall in the parliamentary constituency of Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal.
Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Jitin Prasada will look after Pratapgarh,Kaushambi,Allahabad,Jaunpur,Badaun,Pilibhit,Bareilly,Lalitpur,Hardoi,Rampur,Moradabad and Jhansi district,which falls in the parliamentary constituency of Pradeep Jain.
Union Minister of State for Home R P N Singh has been given the responsibility of Mirzapur,Sant Ravidas Nagar,Sonbhadra,Chandauli,Varanasi,Ghazipur,Ballia,Mau,Azamgarh,Gorakhpur,Mahrajganj and Lucknow.
Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal was given Kushinagar,Deoria,Basti,Sidharthanagar,Sant Kabir Nagar,Shravasti,Balrampur,Ambedkarnagar and Barabanki. The list also includes Gonda and Behraich,which fall in the parliamentary constituency of Beni Prasad Verma.