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'Muscat Levy Corps' [‎65r] (142/292)

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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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workmanship. But unfortunately the State of Oriian
cannot afford these admittedly superior "but more
highly paid artisans»
(o) The rates of pay of Indian non-military personnel
are higher than they appear ^t first sight as
rations etc. are provided: also passages to and from
India# It should be possible to effect a consider
able saving by:-
(i) reducing the number of such personnel
(ii) replacing Indian by local skilled labour.
These measures should not result in the loss
of any real efficiency*
6}» It is hoped that the statistical comments made in
this note will not be considered as casting any asperson
on the present efficiency, and excellent work of the
corps. The Muscat Infantry fill a very useful role: I
can see certain definite advantages to the State in
increasing the numbers and efficiency of the force: for
this reason no savings in essential services or
re-armament are contemplated. The figures recorded
above are given to show that rttes oi pay and non-mi-L'ib' yy
personnel are virgin forests for the axe o-i economy#
7). In order to place the Muscat Infantry on a rational
financial basis the follov/ing measures are cxesiiable
(a) A reduction of 30^ in the basic re. ue of pay
(b) A reduction in the rate of G.G.Pay
(c) / reduction in the number of N.C.Os.: 40 tp 110 too high: 1 H.G.0» to men.
(d) A further reduction of the rate of pay of the
H..C.Oe. e.g. A Havildar should not receive Rs.31
p.m. more than a sepoy.
(e) A reduction in the number of non-military personnel
(f) The replacement of expensive foreign skilled
labour by local men.
(g) A re-organization of the Ifuscat Infantry on a three
(or even two) platoon basis as a means of effecting

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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)

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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