The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - extracts on Nagas from 'Assam Administration Report'

caption: Naga Hills
caption: Relations with Tributary States and Frontier Affairs
caption: dislike of impressing labour
medium: reports
date: 1884
date: 1885
text: As regards the system of impressing labour, matters remain in the same state in which they were described in 1883-84. One of the most unpleasant duties which falls to the lot of the Deputy-Commissioner of this district is the impressment of coolies for the carriage of police and military escorts, transport of treasure and rice. It was proposed to supply the police with ten mules, but this number could not perform one-fifth of the work, and up to date even this small assistance has not been forthcoming. A register is now kept in which the number of coolies, name of village, etc., is entered and by this means it is possible to prevent undue demands on any special village.
text: As far as possible, every inducement is offered to free labourers, and the fact that the whole of the Department of Public Works stores and 5,876 maunds of Commissariat stores were transported by free Naga coolies from Nichuguard to Kohima, points to a gratifying measure of success. These coolies came from every part of the district, from Manipur, and from the independent tribes on the eastern frontier.