Beni Prasad Verma was born on 11th February 1941 to Mohanlal Verma and Ramkali in Sirauli of Uttar Pradesh. He did his B.A., LL.B from Lucknow University, Uttar Pradesh. Early he was with Samajwadi Party of Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Political Career of Beni Prasad Verma
Beni Prasad Verma was initially with the Samajwadi Party. Thereafter he joined the Indian National Congress party. He was the PWD minister for Uttar Pradesh for many years. He also played a major role in the UP Bridge Corporation.
He was elected to the eleventh Lok Sabha from Kaiserganj constituency in Uttar Pradesh. He also served as the Union Communications Minster in Deve Gowda's cabinet from 1996-98. He was re-elected to the Lok Sabha in 1998, 1999 and 2004 from the same constituency. In 2009, he was re-elected from Gonda constituency in Uttar Pradesh as an Indian National Congress candidate and on July-12-2011, he was appointed as the Steel Minister in UPA Government.
Positions held by Beni Prasad Verma
1974-1980 and 1985-95 Member, Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly
1974-77 General-Secretary, Bharatiya Kranti Dal, Uttar Pradesh
1977-80 Minister, Jails, Cane Development and Sugar Industry, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh
General-Secretary, Janata Party (J.P.), Uttar Pradesh
1980-84 General-Secretary, Bharatiya Lok Dal (B.L.D.), Uttar Pradesh
1985-89 Deputy Leader, Lok Dal Legislature Party, Uttar Pradesh
1989-91 Minister, Public Works Department, Excise and Parliamentary Affairs, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh
Member, Janata Dal (J.D.) Parliamentary Board
1992 - Chief Whip, Janata Dal, Uttar Pradesh
1993-94 - Minister, Public Works Department and Parliamentary Affairs, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh
General-Secretary, Samajwadi Party (S.P.)
Chief Whip, S.P. Legislature Party, Uttar Pradesh
1996 - Elected to 11th Lok Sabha
1 Jun. 1996- 29 Jun - Union Minister of State, Parliamentary Affairs
Jun. 1996- Jul. 1996 - Union Minister of State, Communications (Independent Charge)
1996-98 - Union Cabinet Minister, Communications
1998 - Re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
1998-99 - Member, General Purposes Committee Member, Committee on Finance
Convenor, Sub-Committee 'A' on Department of Telecom, Committee on Communications
Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Communications
1999 - Re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha (3rd term)
1999-2004 - Member, Committee on Home Affairs
Member, General Purposes Committee
2004 - Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha (4th term)
Member, Committee on Home Affairs
Member Committee of Privileges
25 Aug. 2006 - Member, Committee of Privileges
5 Aug. 2007 - Member, Committee on Rural Development
2009 - Re-elected to 15th Lok Sabha (5th term)
Jun. 2009 - Member, Panel of Chairmen
31 Aug. 2009 - Chairman, Committee on Water Resources
19 Jan 2011 - Union Minister of State, (Independent Charge) Steel July 2011- Union Cabinet Minister, Steel
Social Service of Beni Prasad Verma
Beni Prasad Verma has established several educational institutions in his home district of Barabanki. Ch. Charan Singh Mahavidyalay at Bardari near Badosarai and Mahanlal Verma Educational Educational Institute near Barabanki city, founded by him, are specialised centres of higher education.
Personal Life of Beni Prasad Verma
He married Malti Devi. The couple is blessed with three sons and two daughters.