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'File 1/5 Menial staff: Pay and Allowances' [‎8r] (17/178)

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The record is made up of 1 file (89 folios). It was created in 16 Sep 1945-3 May 1950. It was written in English and Arabic. 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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The file relates to the pay and allowances of the menial staff of the Bahrain Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. (including those holding the positions of farrash/farash [ferash] (also referred to as peon A low-ranking infantryman, orderly or assistant (South Asian context). ), sweeper, gardener, launch driver, nakhuda [nakhoda], khalasi Used by the British officials to refer to a non-European labourer, especially one employed on a ship. , member of hospital staff, sweeper, dhobi, guard, office boy, car driver, car cleaner, and others).

The papers include office orders recording leave, change of staff and pay rises; requests for pay increases from individual members of the menial establishment; papers relating to the payment of gratuities; applications for employment; papers relating to resignations arising from 'inadequacy of pay'; comparative statement of showing rates of pay etc of drivers and cooks in Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO), British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) and Naval Base, October 1945; list of prices of commodities for March 1945 and October 1947, with percentage increase; statement of salaries of Adviserate peons, 1946; statement showing present basic pay and dearness allowance of the menial establishment of the Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. , Bahrain, with covering letter dated 13 January 1948; notes on disciplinary matters; personal letters; and list of members of menial establishment (giving names, designation, and date of joining service) with details of total emoluments when His Majesty's Government ( HMG Her or His Majesty’s Government in London. ) assumed responsibility for pay, and present total emoluments, c. 1950.

Includes letters in Arabic, letterheads in Arabic, and thumbprints overwritten with signatures in Arabic.

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1 file (89 folios)

The papers are arranged in chronological order from the front to the rear of the file. Circled serial numbers (red for received correspondence; blue/black for issued correspondence) refer to entries in the notes at the rear of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation system in use commences with 1A on the front cover and continues through to 88 on the back cover. The sequence appears written in pencil, enclosed in a circle, 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. The following foliation anomalies appear: ff. 1A, 1B. The following folios need to be folded out to be read: ff. 6, 30, 78.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'File 1/5 Menial staff: Pay and Allowances' [‎8r] (17/178), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/977, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 10 December 2023]

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