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'Muscat Levy Corps' [‎62r] (136/292)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (135 folios). It was created in 30 Jan 1926-27 May 1931. 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.

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Ho. 3*26/1.
DEI'T OHCE BIJDG-ET *
!)• With outstanding liabilities of Rs.1,35,879 and a
"budget which shows an anticipated deficit of Rs.78,000
on the coming year f s working, the State must make
substantial economies in all its services. Accordingly
the budget of each branch of the Administration,
including that of Defence, has been scrutinized for
possible savings#
Out of total income of 8|- lakhs, the state spends 1-^-
lakhs on the Muscat Infantry, and approximately another
ir lekh on other armed forces in the provinces* As 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. hsd personally informed me that the
numbers of the Muscat Infantry had already been cut down
to an irreducible minimum, no economies could be looked
for in that direction. Rates of pay and non-military
personnel, however, offered hopes of retrenchment; a
preliminary review of these items confirmed these hopes#
2)» My first step was to have an informal discussion
with Saiyid Said on the question. He said, without
hesitation, that he considered the numbers of the
Muscat Infantry too large and their pay too high. I
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sensed a slight feeling of resentment: the Muscat
Infantry seems to be regarded as holding a privileged
position vis a vis H.B.M's Government - a position which
is thought to preclude the Council of Ministers from
making the retrenchments that they consider necessary.
When T told Saiyid Said that I would look more fully
into the rates of pay, but that I did not propose to
effect economies by pressing for a reduction in numbers,
he seemed definitely a little disappointed.
3). The Muscat Infantry was first formed in 1921,
and was composed of men drawn from Sistan. Their pay
was ^-ixed at
(i) the war-time rate prevailing in the Sistan Levy,
which rate provided for the men finding their
own c ame1s

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Correspondence discusses the Muscat Levy Corp: its organisation, composition, strength, budget and activities.

On termination of command it was customary for the Commanding Officer to submit a report on the Muscat Levy Corp and the following reports are included:

In response to requests in 1931 from S.E, Hedgcock, Financial Adviser, for financial savings in the Muscat Levy Corps, Captain Walker comments on the road building capacity of the Levy as it achieves this for the State without cost of additional expenditure. Correspondence discusses cuts in pay in the Muscat Levy to achieve financial savings given the financial situation of the Muscat state and the position of the Government of India. Data included is a comparison between the pay of the Muscat Infantry and that of the Customs Department.

Correspondents include Robert William George Stephens; Allan Robertson Walker, Commandants, Muscat Levy; Trenchard Craven Fowle, Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. , Muscat; Francis Beville Prideaux, 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. , Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. ; Foreign Secretary to the Government of India.

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1 volume (135 folios)
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The papers are arranged chronologically from front to rear of file.

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Foliation: There is an incomplete foliation sequence and a complete foliation sequence. The complete sequence, which should be used for referencing, is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. It begins on the title page, on number 1, and ends on the last folio of writing, on number 135. Foliation errors: f.1 is followed by f.1A.

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