Jitin Prasada (born 29 November 1973) is an Indian politician from India appointed as Cabinet minister by State Govt. of Uttar Pradesh on 26 September 2021. Earlier, he has been the former Minister of State for Human Resource Department, Government of India. He was representing Dhaurahra (Lok Sabha constituency) of district Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh in 15th Lok Sabha, where he won by 184,509 votes. On 9 June, 2021 Jitin Prasad quit the Indian National Congress and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in the presence of senior BJP leader Piyush Goyal.
|Member of Legislative Council of Uttar Pradesh|
|Assumed office |
26 September 2021
|Minister of Technical Education, Government of Uttar Pradesh|
26 September 2021
|Appointed by||Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh|
|Union Minister of State, Government of India|
2008 - 2014
|Prime Minister||Manmohan Singh|
|28 Oct 2012 - 26 May 2014||Minister of State, HRD|
|19 Jan 2011 - 28 Oct 2012||Minister of State, Road Transport and Highways|
|May 2009 - 18 Jan 2011||Minister of State, Petroleum and Natural Gas|
|Apr 2008 - May 2009||Minister of State, Steel|
|Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha|
2009 - 2014
|Succeeded by||Rekha Verma|
|Constituency||Dhaurara, Uttar Pradesh|
|Born||29 November 1973|
Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Political party||Bharatiya Janata Party (2021-present)|
|Indian National Congress (2001-2021)|
|Alma mater||The Doon School|
Shri Ram College of Commerce
Prasada was born in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh to politician Jitendra Prasad and his wife Kanta Prasad. He attended the all-boys' boarding school, The Doon School in Dehradun (where he was a contemporary of politicians Jyotiraditya Scindia and Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo. He did a degree in commerce from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University and then completed his MBA from IMI, New Delhi.
His grandfather Jyoti Prasad was a Congress party member and served legislative and local body positions. His grandmother Pamela Prasad belonged to the Sikh family of Kapurthala. His great grandfather Jwala Prasad was a Colonial Civil Service officer and great grandmother Purnima Devi, youngest daughter of Hemendranath Tagore brother of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore.
In 2001, Jitin Prasad started his career with Indian Youth Congress as a general secretary. In 2004, he won his first election and was elected Member of the Parliament in the 14th Lok Sahbha from his hometown constituency of Shahjahanpur, UP.
In his first tenure as Member of the Parliament Jitin Prasad was inducted as Minister of State for Steel and was one of the youngest minister in the Cabinet(April 2008). In 2009, he fought and won the election from Dhaurara, as his home bastion Shahjahanpur came under the delimitation process.
His promise of getting the Meter gauge railway track of the district Lakhimpur Kheri converted to Broad gauge gathered major support for his candidature during 2009 Parliamentary elections. He has laid down foundation stone of a Steel factory in his constituency Dhaurahra (Lok Sabha constituency) during his tenure as Union minister of state for Steel in 2008. For the 14th Lok Sabha, Jitin held the positions for Committee on Petitions (Member); Committee on Information Technology and Communications (Member); Consultative Committee, Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Steel.
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