HC Deb 01 August 1906 vol 162 cc1040-1
MR. WEIR (ROSS and Cromarty)

To ask the Secretary of State for India if he will state how many ryots have been evicted in the Bombay Presidency in default of payment of land revenue in each of the last five years; and what sum has been realised in each year through the sale of land previously in the occupation of evicted ryots.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Morley.) According to the annual land revenue reports of the Bombay Presidency the number of cases in which the occupancy right was forfeited to Government on

Number of cases of forfeiture. Amount realised by sale of forfeited land to the public.
1899–1900 2,173 4,057 (£270)
1900–1901 6,386 4,425 (£295)
1901–1902 9,462 1,221 (£81)
1902–1903 4,210 1,746 (£116)
1903–1904 15,575 10,031 (£668)

In many cases the forfeited land is eventually returned to the ryot. Only a small portion of the forfeited land in any year is sold to the public.