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Chapter-VI

With the advent of the British Rule in India, the old system of barter prevalent in the rural areas gradually gave way to money economy. Land, which was considered valueless, became an object of general desire and the money-lender did his utmost to make cultivator borrow. Bulk of the credit came from the sahukars who played an important role in the rural economy of the district. Their control over rural credit gave them a decisive role in the production organization and in many places such a control was reinforced by the acquisition of the proprietary rights.