With Congress determined to improve its performance in Bihar assembly polls and return to power in Uttar Pradesh, party President Sonia Gandhi has said a mass contact programme has been launched in both the states.
"The Congress party has launched a mass contact programme in the country, with special attention being paid to Uttar
Pradesh and Bihar," Gandhi said in her 'Letter to Congress persons' in the latest issue of party mouthpiece
While Bihar goes to polls in October-November, Assembly elections in UP are scheduled for early 2012.
She said the workers of the party "must concentrate" on reaching out to the people, especially in rural and remote
parts of the country so that Congress party's focus on the common man genuinely addresses their needs.
"It is the duty of our party workers to ensure that all schemes promulgated by the UPA government at the Centre are
fully implemented at the grassroots," Gandhi said.
Eulogising Congress workers, she said they can become the "vehicles for the success of all our social developmental
"They (party workers) must create awareness of the many rights under schemes such as Mahatma Gandhi NREGA, Right to Information and the Right to Education-- that have become laws," the Congress President said.
Calling upon party workers to monitor the implementation of these programmes at village and grassroots level, she said
they should take the lead in exposing any loopholes that can mar the impact of these programmes.
Gandhi also echoed the sentiments of farmers who are keen for a good monsoon this year to overcome the deficit of last
"It is that time of the year again when all of us look forward to a good monsoon. The initial trend seems to be
encouraging and we are all hoping that the rains would come not only in adequate quantity but will also come at the right
time which is so much needed by our kisans (farmers)," she said in the article.