Following the death of his father, Shri Ranbir Singh ascended the throne of Jammu and Kashmir . The new Maharaja was popular with his people. The state made some considerable progress during his reign. Reorganisation of the state administration was the first to engage his attention. Three separate departments dealing with the revenue, civil and military affairs were established . To make justice cheaper and efficient, regular Courts of Justice were set up, uniform laws were framed and a new State Panel Code, Shri Ranbir Dandh Bidhi, was issued." The people could air their grievances and seek redress at the Maharaja's public Darbars as well.
In order to encourage trade and industry, the system of taxation was overhauled and means of transport and communication were improved. Thus while tax on the shawl manufacturers was reduced, a number of imports were altogether abolished . About fifty thousand rupees was spent on... Read More