Page 317 October 20th 1900, Requiring prisoners to cultivate lands
A.G of the 20th October, referring to the Dartmoor prison and the 1,400 acres of land that is cultivated by the prisoners there, asks why similar steps should not be taken in India also. Instead of sending away persons sentenced to transportation for life by sea, prisons may be established in localities where much of unoccupied land exists and the criminals may be sent to such prisons to cultivate the land there. The English people have studied the art of cultivation perfectly and carry on cultivation through many excellent processes. The Government may, for the good of the people at large, get such excellent cultivation done by prisoners in this country.
Page 308, Police
A.G.of the 20th October writes, as follows:-Should the crimes virtually decrease in number or should it be represented in the accounts that they have so decreased? This may appear a queer question. It will not, however, be strange to those who know the facts. Good intelligent men and men of wisdom are not to be had amongst the police. Therefore, they do not enter in the crime register all the offences committed day after day. If they enter them, they will be obliged to detect the culprits and find out the lost property. For that reason, they do not at all enter the crimes. Even when they do enter a crime, they undervalue the property. They charge under sections relating to light punishments what ought to be charged under sections prescribing heavy punishments. They do not enter in their registers even such grave crimes as murders, high way robberies, dacoities etc. The police are spending their time in this way like a cat that sips milk with closed eyes. Is this untrue? Everyone knows that this is true.
Page 311, Irregularities in the collection of revenue
A.G. of 20th October, writes thus:— the Bombay Government is going to make a public enquiry into this subject. The same has to be done in this Madras Presidency also. In every village in this Nellore Tq itself the fact of making many unlawful collections, omitting to enter (in accounts) large areas under cultivation, and frequent bribe taking is