Congress general secretary and Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi has asked volunteers of the National Students' Union of India (NSUI) to approach the common man's problems at the grassroots level and make a determined bid to get them solved.

Addressing NSUI office-bearers and members at a two-day workshop, “Lakshya 2011”, at Anandi resort, 25 km from here, on Thursday, Mr. Gandhi said the focus is on building leaders and not the organisation. The meeting was held amid tight security and the media were kept at a distance.

Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee spokesman Dwijendra Tripathi said in a press release later that the meeting reviewed progress of the work done by NSUI volunteers. Mr. Tripathi said the NSUI meeting was held on February 9 and 10, and the concluding session was addressed by Mr. Gandhi.

The Congress general secretary reportedly touched on the problems being faced by the people in getting access to the fruits of development. Mr. Gandhi asked them to ensure that their grievances were redressed.

The NSUI meeting was significant from the point of view of renewed focus being given to the Dalits keeping in mind the 2012 State Assembly polls.

The NSUI recently conducted a survey of the condition and status of the hostels built by the State Government for the Scheduled Castes students. The survey revealed that in 21 districts, hostels for Scheduled Caste students had been illegally occupied and were in a pathetic condition. A beggars' home was functioning in an SC hostel in one of the districts, the NSUI survey revealed. The Lucknow meeting would form the basis of a countrywide campaign by the NSUI for looking into the condition of the hostels for SC students.