Discuss the central and provincial administration of Sher Shah Suri.
Central administration : Sher Shah Suri was the lone head of the empire. The king was all powerful. He divided the Government into various departments and each department was placed under the supervision of a minister. The minister was helped by a number of officials. The king also set up an efficient spy system which kept him updated about every development which occurred in the empire.
Provincial administration : Sher Shah divided his empire into 47 provinces or sarkars. These provinces were subdivided into several districts or parganas. The shiqdar was a powerful administrator who maintained law and order in a pargana and supervised the work of various departments. Many villages constituted a pargana.
The munsif looked after the collection of revenues. At the village level, patwaris and muqaddams were important officers.