Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy will go ahead with his proposed new mass contact programme "Indiramma Baata" (Indira's path) in East Godavari district from July 14, two days later than the date initially fixed.
Rain in the delta region has forced him to defer his programme by two days and he will now tour Kakinada, Amalapuram and Rampachodavaram areas in East Godavari district on July 14, 15 and 16, sources in the chief minister's office said.
The programme is intended not just to trumpet the various "welfare" schemes being implemented by the state government, but also to "put things in perspective" by explaining facts to the public on a host of problems like power and agrarian crises.
Under the programme, the chief minister is expected to spend two to three days in each district every week and tour various assembly constituencies to get a first-hand feel of the people's pulse.
The CM would like to tour at least 100 assembly segments in one month, sources at the chief minister's office said.
The main objective of the programme is to win over people who are totally disillusioned because of the government's failure in addressing their concerns.
The chief minister, as part of the programme, will also spend time with Congress rank and file in the constituencies, to lift their morale which took a severe beating after the by-elections in which the YSR Congress made a near clean sweep.
He will also possibly spend a night in a village to inspect development schemes and conditions in students' hostels, sources in the chief ministers office said. "Surprise checks" will also be part of the CM's trips.