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Consequences of Paika Rebellion of 1817 AD

The Paika rebellion of 1817 had far reaching consequences which are given bellow.

Administrative changes in Odisha

In administrative field, changes were made. Odias were employed in the government services and entrusted with responsible works. This facilitates the local people to come closer to the British authority through these employees.

Changes in the judicial procedure

Changes were also introduced in the field of judiciary. Since Persi was the court language, the Odias could not know a little of it and failed to understand the judicial procedure and verdict. Now, the judges were instructed to visit even the interior villages of a district accompanied by the Odia Amlas and receiving petitions from the people there and then, they redressed the grievances of the people.

Reduction in the price of the salt

The price of the salt was reduced and more salt was made available for the smooth purchase of the people. This measure of the British government pacified the common people of Odisha in general and the people of Khurda, in particular.

Management of the Jagannath temple of Puri

When Raja Mukundadeva II died on 30 November 1817, his son Ramachandradeva III was allowed to move to Puri. He was allowed an annual pension of Rs. 24,000 and to take over the charge of the management of the Jagannath temple of Puri. By this arrangement, the British government won the mind and sentiment of the people of Odisha.

Reduction in the revenue burdens of the local zamindars

The British government reduced the revenue burdens of the local zamindars. The dealing with the properties was changed. In several cases, the government purchased the estates of the defaulters and restored them to the original proprietors. The Paiks, on the other hand, were dealt with scorn and contempt. They were forced to leave the profession of militial men of the king and to adopt cultivation and other works as means to earn livelihood.

Reorganization of the British administrative structure in Odisha

The British government took adequate step to reorganize the British administrative structure in Odisha. The commissioner was appointed and vested with special powers to implement various reformative measures. Board of Revenue, Board of trade, Provincial Court of Appeal, Circuit Courts, etc. all remained under his supervision. No military administration but amity and cooperation with the local bulk, became his motto to run the administration in Odisha smoothly.


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