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per cent. to European fuperintendants on the nett proceeds, fuppofed 38 lacks 380,000
Total net ajirmal fales of falt, requiring always an advance for 18 .months of 15 lacks of rupees to anfwer charges, before complete r.e^ turns can be made to Government, which., dnce the year 1781, has refumed its right to the net profits from the manufacture. The limited part, previoufly brought to public credit, was under 3 heads, which have been continued, being adequate to the purpofes of account and of check of agency, to be deducted from the whole clear produce, amounting to 35,00,000
Tehsil Soubahdarry. Cttteftion cf Revenue to the Year 1170, or 1763.
1. HaJJilKahlarry,, making part of the Bundobuft 'Tejkhees of Metr Coffim, including the ^omorry or original ground rent of all the falt lands 2,25,000
2. Mbafool Saiff duty 00 all the fait, imported, manufadured, and con fumed in Bengal and Bahar, &c., reckoned at 28 lacks of Mounds, at 2! per hundced Mounds 70,000
3. Keffyet, or ufual profit of the Circar on the delivery of 8| lacks of Maunds, made in the diftria of //x<:^, and credited in the Jumma at the flandard valuation of Hougbfy, after deducting a lack of rupees as the proportion of ground rent received as above 2,50,000
Total revenue of falt, accounted with the ftate to 1170 or 1763 Rupees 5,45,000
Tehsil Dew Ann Y. Additional Collections from 1172 to 1178, or 1765 to 1772, inclujive.
i. 2. Haffil Nemuck, as eftab-
Total net rated collections,
3. Eaky Keffyet, balance of profit anting on the moderate original felling price of falt, before appropriated to partial benefit of individuals, but now, with great propriety and juftrce, refumed and incorporated with the public revenue. Sicca rupees 16,60,000
By the diftinct heads of native accounts, the monopoly of Cojaah IVazeed, protected by a duty of between 40 and 50 per cent. on imported or foreign falt *, under the Mogul Government, may be inveftigated; and Britifh monopoly or revenue may be botli inveftigated and controlled; but the Britijh accounts having confounded ground rent, manufacture, and trade, the general balance of profit or lofs has been afcertained by oppofing grofs receipts to grofs difburfements; and the refult will thereby appear as follows: for the firft two or three years, after the acquifition of the De
* 1.\trud from the Report of the Nazim, in 1776, on Salt.
•wannee the profits of falt revenue were about 130,000!; in \ 775-6 the charges exceeded the receipts 1500!; and fubfequent to the refumption of the rights of the ftate in 1780 the profits have exceeded 6oo,oool.
The political and commercial objections to the prefent falt monopoly need not lead us to the controverfies of Mr. Haftings and Mr. Francis previous to 1780. Mr. Haftings* admitted, that the changes in departments had given great advantages to the artifices of individuals; that the intricacy of accounts, by fucceffive transfer of falt from Collectors to the Prefident and Council, from them to the Governor and Council, and from them* to the Commercial Board, had occafioned much perplexity; that the defective fyftem of fales had occafioned great lofles, and that the import of coaft falt had thereby arifen to great extent; that the meafure of the Commercial Board to check the import of falt, by glutting the market with the fale of 3 years produce
* Ninth Report, Seleft Committee, 1783, Appendix 91. Mr. Hajiings's Minute, 19 Sep. 1780.