Sir Thomas Munro remembered
Rich tributes were paid to the memory of the first British Collector of Anantapur and the Governor of Madras Presidency Dr Thomas Munro on the occasion of his 257th birth anniversary, here on Saturday. No name in any part of India, perhaps, is so familiar or held in such veneration
Anantapur: Rich tributes were paid to the memory of the first British Collector of Anantapur and the Governor of Madras Presidency Dr Thomas Munro on the occasion of his 257th birth anniversary, here on Saturday. No name in any part of India, perhaps, is so familiar or held in such veneration as that of Sir Thomas Munro (1761-1827) in the ceded districts (now known as Rayalaseema) of Madras Presidency, though two generations have passed away since his death, stated a commemoration in the Madras Presidency.
- Munro built hundreds of irrigation tanks throughout Rayalaseema region
- Introduced the ryotwari system and suppressed palegars
He was the Principal Collector of the ceded districts from 1800 to 1807 with his headquarters at Anantapur. He suppressed the eighty turbulent palegars and established law and order. He introduced the ryotwari system for the benefit of the farmers. Here, the boys are still named after him Munrolappa. Ballads are still sung in his honour and it is hardly too much to say that he is regarded as having been semi-divine. He served as the Principal Collector of Anantapur during 1800-1807.
His contribution as Collector and Governor for the Rayalaseema development is still held in high esteem. He built hundreds of irrigation tanks and village tanks throughout the region and had done away with the notorious palegars known for their wickedness and evil behaviour. He scrapped all sorts of taxes levied on the people and introduced a farmer-friendly ryotwari cess which was hailed by one and all.
Thota Nagaraju, an admirer of Munro organised the birthday celebrations. Additional Joint Collector Syed Khaja Mohiuddin garlanded the statue of Sir Munro at the vicinity of the Collectorate office. DSP Mallikharjuna Varma, municipal commissioner PVSS Murthy and others were present.