renewal of Navlakha palace requires more money and it was like
pouring new wine into old bottles.
Thakore Saheb returned from Europe in 1883. He longed for a
wide-open expanse where he could work quietly for the benefit of his
people. At one time he wished to build a new palace according to his
own design. He thought that the expense was much and it is not
suitable to built new palace. So he moved to bungalow vacated by
‘Huzur Bungalow’ as the people christened it, was fitted up to
enable him to ordain his life according to the scheme he had worked
out, it was the amalgam of the east and west. His interest extended
to the point of personally examining the proofs of his orders after
they had been set up in type. Woe to the compositor if he had been
careless. The Thakore Saheb would not tolerate broken or worn out
letters or wrong founts. Till then palace employees had been paid
partly in cash and partly in rations. He increased the salaries and
stopped the practice of issuing provisions, thereby bringing down
the expenditure upon the Kothar (Provision Store).
Bhagvatsinhji therefore ordered that they be disposed of. Nearly Rs.
85,000 was realized from their sale. Extravagance of every
description was banished from the household. As far simpler but much
more wholesome mode of living was adopted.
Everybody having claims upon him were however treated with
liberality. He increased the allowance paid to Ranis and made.
Increase in payment to his brother’s widow. He also arranged the
admission of his Kinsmen Kunvers Balubha and Bhaubha – into the
Rajkumar College and promised to meet all expenditure. He
contributed Rs. 25,000 towards the endowment fund, gave Rs. 5,000
for the purchase of books and bookcases and Rs. 2,500 for
establishing the Gondal prize of Rs. 100 a year to be awarded “to
the first Kunver in the first class”.
for horse – flesh that every Rajput inherits made him transfer the
stud established during his minority from the state to the Household
Department. Two Arab horses were purchased and their services given
to owners of mares on application. Jackass was appointed to took
after mules and donkeys. At first impression spread that the state
had some ulterior motives and the people did not much avail
themselves of the facilities provided. At the horse – show a
Rajkot in 1884, Gondal won five first – class prize.
same interest was shown in improving the administrative machinery.
Thakore Saheb appointed Rao Saheb Krishnashankar Lalshankar Dave and
asked him to make an investigation into the revenue system.Shortly
afterwards two Revenue Assistants were appointed for detailed
supervision of the work of collecting assessments and crediting the
amount collected to the Treasury. They were provided with horses to
move in the state and look after the irregularities and prevent
injustice. A little later a special department was created for
surveying land all over the state of making a new settlement
ultimately put an end to the vagaries of the Bhagbata’s system.
Feeling that officials with some knowledge of forming were needed
‘Agriculture class’ was opened in August 1886 and Mr. Mulchand
Jadavji Bharvada, a graduate in agriculture from, the Saidapet (a
Madras Suburb) College was placed in charge of it. Young men
carefully selected by means of stiff examination, and were though
physics, chemistry and agronomy in class – room and laboratories
specially fitted for the purpose.
Practical training in agronomy vegetable gardening and horticulture
was given. A land of 8 acres was given for the practical studies. A
class was also opened for training talatis, (village accountants)
who play an important role in the collection of land revenue. Their
efficiency otherwise therefore affects the entire administration.
Saheb organized a Forest Department to speed up arboriculture. The
rate at which road – side trees were being planted appeared to him
unduly tardy. Mr. Valubhram Mulji was appointed as the head of
forest department, he was borrowed from the Government of Bombay. He
allotted money for preserving plantations as existed and gave power
to acquire waster lands for creating new reserves and had hundreds
of mounds of babul and other seeds.
beginning was made in increasing the efficiency of the police. Mr.
Madhav Rao Pandurang, who had distinguished himself in putting down
dacoits in the Bombay Presidency, certain charges were made in the
organization of officials was instituted and a small body of
detectives was created to “watch the doings of suspected
characters. The police, acting in concert with the magistracy
displayed great fact during Dassera. If coincided with the Muslims
Tazia. As there had been considerable friction between the Hindu and
Muslims during the minority regimes, fears were entertained lest
collision may occur between these two religions.
Thakore Saheb’s desire to place his capital on the railway map led
him to make the a thorough going investigation into the matter. In
1871 a line from Gogo to Gondal had for instance, been planned by a
group of individuals but this project was still – barn. If her
subjects were to enjoy the benefits of a rapid system of
communication, as he wished them to do, he waited have to take the
this time a proposed was afoot to build a railway from Veraval in
the South Dhoraji via Junagadh. The line had been surveyed but the
Junagadh authorities expressed their inability to finance
construction and the scheme had to be abandoned for the time being.
Two year later another project came to connect Bhavnagar with
Wadhwan. It also failed to mature.
Fortunately the impasses did not last long. Maharaja of Bhavnagar
died, and a minority regime was developed. The administration went
into the hand of two administrator.Colonel J. W. Watson and Azam
Gaurishankar Udeyshankar, (C.S.I) deploring the lack of railway
communications, directed the Executive Engineer to make a survey for
a line to run through that state a. The agreement was made that the
project would connect Bhavanagar and Gondal line to the railhead of
Wadhwan. A through from the southeastern extremities of Kathiawar to
March 20, 1879 Sir James Fergussan opened the first sod for traffic
on December 18, 1880. A month later Dhoraji was linked up with it.
It was therefore anxious to connect his seat of government with some
junction in Kathiawar and through that junction with the rest of