RALĪĀ RĀM (d. 1864), eldest son of Misr Chhajjū Māll, was appointed by Mahārājā Raṇjīt Siṅgh as administrator of Amritsar in 1811. Ralīā Rām displayed great energy and resourcefulness in securing peace and putting an end to thefts and highway robberies. In 1812 he was entrusted with charge of the customs department of the, State, Ralīā Rām introduced uniform rates for articles of import and export and kept a strict watch over the accounts. The measures he adopted to end corruption and bribery earned him the hostility of many courtiers who poisoned the ears of the Mahārājā against him. In 1833, Ralīā Rām was appointed keeper of records. In 1841, he discovered a sulphur mine in Rāwalpiṇḍī district for which Mahārājā Sher Siṅgh granted him a jāgīr worth 11,000 rupees at Jaṇḍiālā. He was created a Dīwān in 1847, and in 1851 the British conferred upon him as well as upon his son, Sāhib Diāl, the title of Rājā.

         Ralīā Rām died in April 1864.


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  2. Griffin, Lepel, and C.F. Massy, Chiefs and Families of Note in the Punjab. Lahore, 1940

Harī Rām Gupta