Yours sincerely, Sd/- xxx
To D. Narasaiah Esq, Editor, Andhrabhasha Gramavarthamani, Nellore.
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Extracts from Native News Paper Reports, Volume-1900 - Tamilanadu Archives, Chennai. (translated from Andhrabhasha Gramavartamani) - (A.G.)
Page 159, April 28th 1900, Revenue Collection
A.G. of the 28th April, advises the poor people not to sell away the paddy wholly, but to dispose of small portion of it to pay the assessment, and preserve the rest for their own sustenance. It observes that unless the revenue authorities show mercy in collecting revenue at a time when many a man in the villages is famishing for want of food; the people will be put to great hardships.
Page 154, May 5th 1900, Village roads
The A.G. of May 5th complains that the inhabitants of villages are put to much inconvenience owing to want of roads. Carts are not able to pass except in summer. It is necessary to construct roads in every village. These and such other works are not attended to under the plea that there are no funds. It is but proper, says the paper, that at least a fourth of the Cess' collected in each village should be expended for the benefit of that village. It suggests that villagers should submit petitions to the government for the purpose and inform that if they should communicate with the Editor, Mr. Dampuri Narasaiah, he would be ready to help the ryots in this matter.
A.G. of the 5th May, complains that Minutes of Municipal and Taluq Board Meetings, etc., appear in the Nellore District Gazette very late, those of January being published in April. The object of the government in publishing any fact in a Gazette is that the people should come to know of it early. Of what use would it be, the paper asks, if such facts should appear long after they had occurred? Instead of publishing the Gazette