'Memorandum of observations on the Proprietary Village Service Bill, dated 28th November, as amended by the Select Committee.'

'Rajah of Venkatagiri, President, on behalf of the Landholders' Association.' [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author ]
Publication details: 
Madras, December 1893. Printer not named.
SKU: 20114

6pp., folio. In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of stub adhering to inner edge of reverse of last leaf. Drophead title, and text subdivided into the following thirteen sections: 'Terms of permanent Sannad', 'Power over Kurnums', 'Inclusion of other village servants tham [sic] Kurnums', 'Imposition of the Proprietary Village Service cess', 'Heads of Villages', 'Regulation VI of 1831', 'Village Watchmen', 'Control and discipline over village servants', 'Disbursement of salaries of Village Servants', 'Collecting fees for village offices', 'Kurnums, not agents of Zemindars', 'Destruction of village system'. It is the author's contention that the proposed measures will destroy the village system, 'not only with regard to the work of village watchmen, but also with regard to the work of all village servants, with serious consequences, in the face of the strong representations of the Zemindars'. From the papers of Sir J. D. Rees, the final page carrying a reference to his 1879 report 'against the injurious aflect [sic] of the Village Service Act on the village system of Ryotwari villages resulting in increase of crimes in places where the Act has been inforced, and with the complaint of the ryotwari villagers in 1887'. No other copy traced, either on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC.