A hundred years ago | November 26, 1918. Archives

From the Archives: Famine in Bombay.

The Government have under consideration the question of formal declaration of the existence of scarcity or famine in tracts of the [Bombay] presidency affected by the failure of monsoon. Measures which are required to be taken by Collectors and other officers on first warnings of scarcity including liberal distribution of takair, institution of enquiries for suspension of revenue, test works for distribution of gratuitous relief, etc., have been adopted. Although observations of district officers and results obtained by the institution of test works have not as yet disclosed anywhere a general prevalence of distress among the people, the failure of crops in certain areas had been so complete and the pressure of high prices so severe that it is evident that sooner or later distress in a more or less acute form will appear and that even if the maintenance of regular relief works does not become necessary, distribution of gratuitous relief on a considerable scale and other relief measures will have to be resorted to.

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