Beni Prasad Verma is an Indian politician and presently a member of the Indian National Congress political party. He is serving as Minister of Steel in Government of India. Mr verma was born on 11 Feb 1941 in Sirauli, Distt. Barabanki (Uttar Pradesh) to Mr Mohan Lal Verma. His mother was Smt. Ramkali.Just in age of 15 (on 1956) he got married with Mrs Malti Devi. He has three sons and two daughters. Mr verma holds B.A.,LL.B. degree from Lucknow University, Lucknow,Uttar Pradesh. Mr verma likes playing chess.

Beni Prasad Verma has established educational institutions Charan Singh Mahavidyalay at Bardari near Badosarai and Mahanlal Verma Educational Educational Institute in his home district of Barabanki.

Polictical Career

Positions Held
1974-80 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 onwards Union Cabinet Minister, Steel

Controversies

He has been criticized for his uncivilized language used by him in his public and personal life. He went on passing his foul language on Anti-Corruption crusader Mr. Anna Hazare and claiming him army deserter.In February 2012, during the Uttar Pradesh elections Verma dared EC to arrest him, saying quota for Muslims will be hiked. Verma said this while addressing a rally at Kaimganj in the presence of Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh and Union law and minority affairs minister Salman Khurshid. Earlier, Khurshid created a controversy by stating that he would continue to speak on nine per cent sub-quota for Muslims even if the Election Commission says its against the guideline to promise such a thing during the elections.