"I plan surprise visits to villages to check on implementation of relief measures for drought".
Those were the last words of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy in an interaction with the media on Wednesday before he boarded the helicopter which crashed in the Nallamala Hills, 70 kms from Kurnool, more than an hour after take off from the old Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad.
Reddy, 60, said he planned surprise visits to the drought-hit villages and did not want give any notice until the last moment.
"I want to check the delivering mechanism in villages. I want to check all the problems like drought and unemployment and check if all policies have been implemented", he said.
Reddy, who has been crisscrossing the state clocking over 100 flying hours in the last four months, said he planned to go to 2-3 villages every month and check the progress of implementation of the policies.
Maintaining a hectic schedule, Reddy has tried to ensure that he is present to kick off small or big welfare projects in the state and made it a point to later personally check on their progress.