the vakils nor the village munsifs, would admit the fraudulent nature of the authentication. But the fact of committing such forgeries is known to all that have anything to do in courts. Such forgeries would not be committed if the government appoints an officer specially for this work in the District Munsif's Court. The Government may prescribe a fee of As. 2 for authenticating a vakalatnama; if parties will be most willing to pay it as they are giving it to the village munsifs now. At this rate, as much as Rs.900 a year or Rs.75 a month may be collected in the District and Munsifs' Courts of Nellore. A registering officer on Rs.25 per mensem and peon on Rs.5 may be appointed so that the cost of the additional establishment would not amount to more than Rs.30 a month. The correspondent hopes the subject will be brought to the 'notice' of the Government.
Page 216, Grievances of the Ryots
The A.G. of the 21s July, observes that it is widely understood that no ryot in India is put under any restrictions under the English Government, but this is not true in many cases, as in practice the poor undergo many troubles. The revenue officials compel the poor people kudimaramat work and in default harass and injure them in a number of ways and extort bribes from them. The officials of the ‘Maramat' department also demand supplies and bribes. Nothing is allowed to be smoothly done unless a bribe is first given. The Delta officers also act similarly. The difficulties to which ryots are put in connection with the water supply are indescribable. The ryots are able to manage things to some extent by collecting money from among themselves and giving bribes to the village officers and their superiors. The paper doubts if there are any authorities anywhere to inquire into such illegalities. When petitions are submitted to the higher officers, proper inquiries are not made and justice is not done. The paper remarks; “God is the only refuge for the poor”.
Page 228, August 4th 1900, The Salt Tax
A.G. of the 4th August, writes that the salt tax is proving very oppressive to the people. As we see the tax increasing day by day, it certainly appears that our rulers are not kind towards the poor. It is