Morang Affairs, A.D. 1806
(1) Royal order to Bishnu Padhya and Sardar Gandhya: ”The ryots of Morang have come here with the complaint that Sarup Puri has compiled land-tax-assessment records (jammabandi) in a unjust manner in contravention of the arrangements made in 1850 Vikrama (A.D. 1793), and is forcing us even sell our oxen.
”We have accordingly sent you to Morang to ascertain whether or not these complaints are true, and make arrangements to have land cultivated and taxes collected, thereby serving our interests. We have sent back the complainants to Morang. ascertain whether or not their complaints are true, make appropriate decisions to the satisfaction of the ryots, and have the actual revenue collected. Arrange for the refundment of payments collected unjustly by Sarup Puri, if any. You shall be held liable if you leave the path of justice out of favor toward anyone.”
Falgun Sudi 56, 1862 (February 1806)
Regmi Research Collection, Vol. 6, pp. 735-36).
(2) Royal order to Subba Sarup Puri: ”The ryots of Morang district have come here with the complaint that you are unjustly collecting taxes in contravention of the arrangements made in 1850 Vikrama (A.D. 1793). If these complaints are true, and the ryots relinquish their lands as a result, so that the country is ruined, you will be liable to punishment and also to compensate the loss. Understand this, and collect taxes at the rates prescribed in 1850 Vikrama.Falgun Sudi 5, 1862 (February 1806)
Regmi Research Collection, Vol. 6, pp. 736-37.
(3) Royal order to Sahu Ravilal Jani: ”Ryots from Morang district have come to us with the complaint that during the Vikrama year 1861-62 (A.D. 1804-5) Sarup Puri unjustly collected taxes from them in excess of the rates prescribed in the Vikrama year 1850. You are therefore ordered to summon both sides in an Adalat, acertain the truth of the complaint, and obtain a confessional statement. Arrange for the refundment of excess collections, if any. Allow Sarup Puri to collect arrears due for the Vikrama year 1862 in full, let him not collect unauthorized payments, or try to collect in one day what should be collected during a period of two months, thereby compeling the ryots to leave their lands. Arrange for action to be taken in the traditional manner, so that settlements are maintained and revenue collected. Punishment shall be inflicted on any person as a result of whose action ryots may be forced to leave their lands.”
Falgun Sudi 5, 1862 (February 1806)
Regmi Research Collection, vol. 6, pp. 736-37.