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Mauryan Administration

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Topic: Mauryan Administration
Posted By: AdminKing
Subject: Mauryan Administration
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2012 at 4:50pm
The King

The Mauryan government was a centralized bureaucracy of which the nucleus was the king.

The Mantri Parishad

The king was assisted by Mantri Parishad, whose members included many members of which three main are :-

1.       Yuwraj, the crown prince.
2.       Purohita, the chief priest
3.       Senapati, commander-in-chief of the army
Important Officials :-
Amatyas
The Secretaries
Sannidhata
Chief treasury officer
Samaharta
Collector general of Revenue
Durgapala
Governor of Fort
Antapala
Governor of the frontier
Akshapatala
Accountant General
Vachabhumika
Officer in charge of the rest houses, groves and wells etc.
Dhamma-mahamatras
A new post created by Asoka, empowered with the dual functions of propagating Dhamma and taking care of the common folk for their material well being.
Lipikaras
Scribes
Prativedikas
Reporters
Kumaras
The viceroy’s in charge of a province. Generally they were of regular though the exceptions were also there. In order to check the growing power of the viceroys the provincial ministers were empowered sufficiently.
Pradesikas
They were the modern district magistrates and in charge of a district. They were to make tours once in every 5 years to inspect the entire administration of the areas under control
Rajukas
They were the late day Patwaris. They were responsible for surveying and assessing the land. In rural areas they were the judicial officers.
Yukta
A subordinate revenue officer of the district level. He was responsible for the secretarial work of accounting.
Gopa
Responsible for accounts
Sthanika
Tax collecting officer directly under the control of Pradesikas
 


























The Village level officers

Gramika: Head of a village. He was generally elected by the people. HE was not a paid servant
Gramvriddhas: Village elders (to assist Gramika in his work). Every village had its own Panchayat to settle the disputes.

The Municipal Administration

Nagaraka
The officer in charge of the city administration
Sitaadhyaksha
Supervisor of  agriculture
Panyaadhyaksha
Superintendent of commerce
Samsthadhyaksha
Superintendent of market
Pauthavadhyaksha
Superintendent of weight and measures
Navadhyaksha
Superintendent of ships
Sulkadhyashal
Collector of tolls
Akaradhyaksha
Superintendent of mines.
Lohadhyaksha
Superintendent of Iron
 




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