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Progress of the Gondal State in various fields during 1884 - 1932 A.D.
Administration of Land
Famine Relief
Village Development
Protection & Reclamation
Trade & Industry
Public Work
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Town Planning
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Administration of Land

      In a country where agricultural produce is the mainstay of the people, land its assessment is an important item in the administration of a State. In Gondal the assessment is, from the very beginning, low and though liable to revision after a period of 30 years, has  been increased since the time the present ruler took the reigns into his hands 48 years ago. The peasant has been given Aghat Hak or the right of full ownership, which means a free gift of some crores at current valuation. Gondal has made its cultivator a complete master of his land. Such a land tenure – fixed and full – is very rare and the result is the increasing improvement in the condition of the land the peasant in particular, and the progressive prosperity of the country in general.

       Another important feature of the revenue policy is the State us the regular system of suspensions and remissions. Though the assessment represents an average of good, normal and bad years, and has suffered in value, having been fixed in cash, which has depreciated a great deal and though the peasant has benefited by the rise in the price of his produce, the State has remitted revenue demand aggregating to some 57.5 lakhs, keeping in view the rise in the cost of living and cultivation. This liberal policy emanates from a firm conviction that people’s prosperity lies in that of the peasant and from a definite pledge by His Highness in 1884 “The peasant shall enjoy the fruits of his labour.”

       The record of progress can be borne out by the fact that uncultivated land in 1884 was about 1,15,673 acres while in 1932 it is 12,209 acres – a reduction of about 89 per cent and after 48 years of the Khedut proprietary only 38,476 acres are owned by non-Kheduts.

        The number of wells – a sign of industry and prosperity – is fast increasing. Its stood at about 2,795 in the eighties, while there are no fewer than 7,769 wells at present.


Sir Bhagvatsinhji



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