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Circular no.5105 of 1855, from Henry Anderson, Secretary to the Government of Bombay, to the Resident in the Persian Gulf [‎192r] (1/4)

The record is made up of 2 folios. It was created in 30 Nov 1855. 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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C Circular,)
9 «
No. 1855.
Judicial Department.
I am directed by the Right Honorable the Governor
in Council to subjoin, for your information and guidance,
copies of despatches from the Honorable the Court of Direc
tors, dated as per margin.
I have the honour to be,
Your most obedient Servant,
■O 1 sy ! S, /) TL-r . Secretary to Government.
Bombay Castle, J/ 7 November 1855.
5th September 1855. X
28th October 1840.
29th May 1844.
26th November 1845.

Extract Paragraph 15 0/a Despatch from the
5th September 1855, No. 11.
15. It appears that in six districts the fines imposed on the Stipendiary Police were in
28tb October (No. 7) 1840. the proportion of 37^ per cent, to their pay. This hard and
fw &mber ( ( N„ 0 ; 25) Is« arbi "' ary f™ 1 ™ enti, ' ely at variance «ith our instruo-
tl0 ns noted in the margin. We there pointed out to you that
the pay of our Native servants, from a necessary regard to economy, is fixed on the lowest
scale on which the services required from them can be obtained; that it cannot be consi
derably reduced by their immediate superiors, without great hardship ; and that there must
always be a risk that the discrepancy will be made good by a resort to irregular means of
I 310 ! rwK extent t0 wIllch fines have been imposed proves that the authority vested in
Local Officers has befen abused, and there can be no doubt that these fines must have been
teitas an engine of severe oppression. The remarks on the general subject in your Circular
ers are very just, but they do not enjoin such a total change of practice as we deem
essentia y necessan'-. We have therefore to draw your attention to our Despatches above
referred to, and to desire that measures may be immediately taken for giving effect to the
sentiments therein expressed.

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The printed circular encloses a number of despatches for the attention of the Resident, as follows:

1. An extract of paragraph 15 of despatch no.11 of 1855 from the Court of Directors, dated 5 September 1855, relating to inappropriately heavy fines imposed on the Stipendiary Police, in relation to the salary levels of native government employees;

2. An extract of paragraph 31 of a despatch from the Court of Directors, dated 28 October 1840, specifying that judicial fines should be appropriated to the improvement of the district in which they were levied;

3. Memorandum no.6 of 1844 from the Judicial Department, dated 29 May 1844, relating to the detrimental effect resulting from funds being raised by fines and deductions made against native government employees, with the request that such practice be discontinued;

4. Memorandum no.25 of 1845 from the Judicial Department, dated 26 November 1845; a reiteration of the request for the discontinuation of funds raised by fines and deductions against native government employees.

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Circular no.5105 of 1855, from Henry Anderson, Secretary to the Government of Bombay, to the Resident in the Persian Gulf [‎192r] (1/4), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/1/149, ff 192-193, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 29 February 2020]

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