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'Administration Report of the Persian Gulf for the Year 1937' [‎21v] (42/72)

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The record is made up of 1 file (34 folios). It was created in 1938. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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In July orders were received from Tehran to refuse visas on British
passports which were valid for journeys to Muscat and other ports on the
i ucial coast, and to treat such passports similar to those bearing Bahrain
and Kuwait validity.
\. Customs. —Mehdi Nik-Khah held joint charge of both customs and
finance departments until 3rd June, when he was suspended and called to
1 ehran to answer charges of corruption and for falsely reporting to the
Government that approximately 70,000 tons of salt were ready for shipment at
lorn-uz, v Len actually only about 6,000 tons, including impurities were
Azizullah Mina held joint charge for the remainder of the year.
Government inspectors and geologists visited Bandar Abbas to inspect
the (uetoms department and the mines at Hormuz respectively on the 26th
February, 7th March and 10th April.
In March a sum of rials 2,400 (£30) in Iranian currency notes brought
for the purchase of dates from Bandar Abbas was confiscated from the dhow A term adopted by British officials to refer to local sailing vessels in the western Indian Ocean.
of the Sheikh of Bakha (Oman) by the Customs authorities. The Sheikh
visited Bandar Abbas in May with the object of getting a refund but was
not successful. During his stay he was well treated by the local officials.
In June, the Customs authorities received instructions to forbid persons
boarding the steamers in harbour, except the Medical Officer, Customs officials.
Police, and the staff of the agents of the company. But this order is not
now rigorously applied to members of this Consulate proceeding on board the
mail steamers.
VI. Municipality. —The Governor of Bandar Abbas was an active Presi
dent of the Municipality Council during the past year.
Much has been done to improve the town by opening a wide central
road and improving some of the side roads. Government departments are
gradually being better housed. Such improvements as have been effected
are largely due to the energy of the present Governor with limited funds.
A municipal " Asylum " for street beggars was opened in September
with the help of local donations, and the absence of beggars from the bazar
and elsewhere is a feature of the town.
Electricity.—The new plant which was ordered from Germany in January
arrived at the close of the year, after the Governor and the company had made
several representations to the Exchange Control Commission and the
Ministry of Interior for the provision of foreign exchange.
Economic. —The harvest, due to scanty rainfall was very poor, and the
cost of living rose accordingly. At the close of the year the prices for general
foodstuff were :—
Wheat .
Barley .
Rice Reshti
Rice Sadri
Dates .
Bread .
Sugar .
Sugar loaf
VII. Health
per Kharwar of 900 lbs.
>-per raaund of 9 lbs.
per 6 lbs.
-The health of the town throughout the year was good.
4. Military.
I. The strength of the Bandar Abbas garrison was reduced from a
" Hang" (regiment) to a Gurdan (three companies) in May. The
surplus of 330 soldiers and 22 ponies were transferred to Charbar in the
Mekran division on the 22nd June.
The garrison is now attached to the Kerman Brigade.

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The file consists of Administration Report of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. for the Year 1937 (New Delhi: Government of India Press, 1938).

The Report, prepared by the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. , summarises important information relating to the Gulf and notable events in the Gulf during 1937. The Report contains a review by the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. , and separate sections on each of the agencies, consulates, and other areas that made up the Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. . The information provided includes lists of personnel, movements of British officials and foreigners, local administration, military and naval matters, aviation, the political situation, trade and commerce, medical reports, meteorological reports, and related information.

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1 file (34 folios)

There is a list of contents at the front of the Report, on folio 3.

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Foliation: the foliation system in use commences at 1 on the front cover, and continues through to 36 on the back cover. The sequence is written in pencil, enclosed in a circle, and appears in the top right hand corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. page of each folio.

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