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Imperial Gazetteer of India, v. 18, p. 394.


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394.
NARSINGHPUR DISTRICT
Local affairs, outside municipal areas, are managed by a District
council and two local boards each having jurisdiction over one tahsil.
The income of the District council in 1903-4 was Rs. 78,ooo. The
expenditure was mainly on public works (Rs. 25,ooo) and education
(Rs. 3o,ooo). NARSINGHPUR, CHHINDWARA, and GADARWARA are
municipal towns.
The force under the District Superintendent of police consists of
339 officers and men, including 3 mounted constables, besides 1,032
village watchmen for 966 inhabited towns and villages. Narsinghpur
town has a District jail, with accommodation for 170 prisoners,
including 13 females. The daily average number of prisoners in
1904 was 89.
In respect of education the District occupies the fourth position
in the Province, nearly 5 per cent. of the population (9-4 males and
0-3 females) being able to read and write. The proportion of children
under instruction to those of school-going age is 13 per cent. Statistics
of the number of pupils are as follows: (1880-1) 4,334; (1890-1)
6,062; (1900-1) 5,926; and (1903-4) 6,iio, including 554 girls.
The educational institutions comprise two English and six vernacular
middle schools, and 93 primary schools. The expenditure on educa-
tion in 1903-4 was Rs. 49,000, of which Rs. 43,000 was derived from
Provincial and Local funds and Rs. 4,000 from fees.
The District has 7 dispensaries, with accommodation for 98 in-
patients. In 1904 the number of cases treated was 50,813, of whom
571 were in-patients, and 1,879 operations were performed. The
expenditure was Rs. io,ooo, of which the greater part was provided
from Provincial and Local funds.
Vaccination is compulsory only in the municipal towns of Narsingh-
pur, Gadarwara, and Chhindwara. The number of persons successfully
vaccinated in 1903-4 was 59 per i,ooo of the District population,
a high proportion.
[C. Grant, Settlement Report (1866); E. A. De Brett, Settlement
Report (1895); R. V. Russell, Distriet Gazetteer (rgo6).]
Narsinghpur Tahsil.-Eastern tahsil of Narsinghpur District,
Central Provinces, lying between 22 37' and 23 13' N. and 79 1' and
79 38' E., with an area of i,io6 square miles. The population in igoi
was 148,738, compared with 172,801 in 18gi. In 1902, 11 villages
were transferred to the tahsil from Saugor District, and the adjusted
population is 150,305. The density is 136 persons per square mile
The tahsil contains two towns, NARSINGHPUR (population, 11,233),
the head-quarters of the tahsil and District, and CHHINDWARA (4,216);
and 533 inhabited villages. Excluding 186 square miles of Govern-
ment forest, 61 per cent. of the available area is occupied for cultivation.
The cultivated area in 1903-4 was 489 square miles. The demand
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