HC Deb 07 June 1894 vol 25 cc568-9

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India, with reference to his statement that the cost of the Cadastral Survey in Behar will be defrayed partly by the Government, partly by the zemindars, and partly by the ryots, what proportion of the cost is to be defrayed by the Government; what proportion of such cost has hitherto been defrayed by the Government in Bombay and other provinces of India; whether the ryots have ever been burdened with any portion of the costs; and whether any consideration is to be shown to those zemindars whose estates have already been compulsorily surveyed at an immense cost by the Government or the Court of Wards during their minorities, and are now to be re-surveyed?


The proportion of the cost of the Cadastral Survey to be borne by Government is still under consideration. In Bombay and other temporarily settled provinces, where the survey is made primarily for the security of the Public Revenues, the whole of such survey is paid by Government. The ryots have not borne any of the costs in the Provinces to which I have just referred. As was stated in an answer given in this House on the 17th of November last, and as is explained at length at paragraph 44, page 78, of Behar Cadastral Survey Papers presented on the 22nd of November, 1893, surveys previously effected will be utilised as far as practicable.