The Patwar system was first introduced during the short but eventful rule of Sher Shah Suri and the system was further enhanced by Emperor Akbar.
The British colonial era made minor amendments to the system but continued the system.
The Patwari can wield significant power and influence with even feudal lords seeking his favour. There have been cases of corrupt Patwaris escaping punishment due to their position and political connections.
The Patwaris are equivalent to Karnams in Telugu Brahmin sect.
Even though the descendants of these original settlers of the town migrated out of the town, the surname remains unchanged.
As far as my understanding goes that NARMET seems to be a modified or corrupted form of the village name NARMETTA.
Those names are found even in one of the inscriptions.
Harihar and Bukka are two brothers who founded the independent Hindu kingdom of Vijaynagar.
go TOP : The Mudiraj people having surname BUKKA seems to the descendants of Bukkaraya, one of the founder king of Vijayanagar empire on the banks of Tungabhadra at Hampi.
Mudiraj warrior clans and its variant valmikis and bunts were the backbone of Vijayanagar empire that sustained for about 300 years.
The office and the officeholder are called the patwari in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Bengal, North India and in Pakistan while in Sindh it is called Tapedar .
The position is known as the karnam or adhikari in Tamil Nadu, while it is commonly known as the talati in Gujarat and Maharashtra.
With recent computerization of land records, their ability to manipulate records has been limited.