Manoj Sinha, a BJP member of Parliament from the Ghazipur constituency, is currently the minister of state in the Ministry of Railways and minister of state (independent charge) in the Ministry of Communications.
By getting independent charge of telecom, while retaining railways, Sinha was viewed as among the biggest gainers in cabinet reshuffle earlier this year.
Here is a quick look at the background of this politician who has been given the challenging task of turnaround of Indian Railways.
1. An enviable resume
Born on July 1, 1959, in Ghazipur (Uttar Pradesh), Sinha did did BTech (bachelor of technology) in civil engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU or Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi. He has done his MTech (master of technology) in civil engineering from the same institute.
He was the President of the Banaras Hindu University Students Union in1982.
2. Highly active in Parliament
From 1989-1996, he was a member of the National Council. In 1996, he was elected to Lok Sabha and again in 1999. He was among the most best performing Member of Parliament of 13th Lok Sabha with a very high attendance and asked many questions on various topics related to public welfare.
In the recent 2014 elections, he has been elected to Lok Sabha and it’s his third term in the national politics.
3. Devoted to public welfare
An agriculturist at heart, Sinha has been actively involved in working in backward villages where his interests primarily lie. He has been active in his constituency.
4. An astute politician
Sinha is a well-read, astute politician from the Hindi heartland who has never been recognised for his abilities by the Delhi clique. But in Modi, the grass-root politicians have found their guardian angel.
5. As a minister
Sinha has announced Rs 250 crore package for the improvement of facilities and the expansion of Cantt Railway Station in Varanasi. Unlike most of the earlier railway ministers, he places great emphasis on completing the old projects first before announcing any new venture. He has showed up his willingness to speed up reforms in railways and that he would not hesitate taking some tough steps for its restructuring work.