The government on Monday commenced the mass contact programme Prajapatham all over the State, a day after Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy launched it in Visakhapatnam district. However, but it was marked by protests at several places, mainly over non-availability of drinking water.

Revenue Minister N. Raghuveera Reddy had to face the wrath of women when he visited a habitation in Anantapur district, to participate in Prajapatham. The women protested against the inaction by the administration to solve the drinking water problem.

On the other hand, the Planning Department, which is monitoring the programme, said in a sum-up of the progress of the programme on day one, that residents had boycotted it in the city in Khairatabad and Jubilee Hills wards over local issues. Agriculture Minister Kanna Lakshminarayana, however, denied that the programme had failed, saying its success would be known only in the end.

At Rekulagadda in Kadapa district, Health Minister D. L. Ravindra Reddy reportedly questioned the propriety of the government going ahead with Prajapatham when steps could not be taken to pass on the assured benefits under Rachabanda rounds to the listed beneficiaries.