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'File 3/9 Staff of Post Office' [‎2r] (3/26)

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The record is made up of 1 file (13 folios). It was created in 4 Jul 1932-18 Aug 1946. 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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4th July
The Director of Posts and telegraphs,
Sind and Baluchistan Oircle,
You will recall that sometime a^o I approached you
regarding the religious vagaries oi* the ost ' aster at
Bahrain,!^ Bashiruddin.
2* This individual has somewhat curbed his missionary
zeal,but his inefficiency remains and I am constantly receiv-
ing complaints of his incapacity xrom all sides. The fact
is that he is either in his dotage or else his religious
interests occupy so much of hi3 mind tnat he is unable to
carry out his duties will reasonable promptitude. is
predecessors were,for example,able to close and hand over
the mails ten minutes after receiving them from the Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. ,
but iT.Bashiruddin freu^atly takes two hours to perform
this task,to the ^preat inconvenience of the Steajner Company
3. As you are aware ,Imperial Airways are now committed
to the Arab Coast route and will be passing through Bahrain
from the 1st October. This will inevitably lead to a great
increase in the Air Hail work,work demanding rapid action
and careful calculations* rurther,the Government of India
are arranging with the Gro vernment of the Hedjaz-Mejd to
allow their mail bags to pass through this Post Ofi'ice on
its way to the outside world. This will also add
difficulties to an already busy post. llr.Bashiruddin is ir
my opinion not up to his present duties and any addition
to them will probably cause a break dom. I understand
that a predecessor of his,a ilr.Zafar Ilusain wishes ir

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This file contains correspondence between the British 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. at Bahrain; the Director of Posts and Telegraphs, Sind and Baluchistan, Karachi; E A Skinner, Chief Local Representative of the Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited (BAPCO); and the Superintendent of Post Offices, Lower Sind and 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. Division, Hyderabad, Sind.

The correspondence of 1931-1932 concerns complaints of missionary activity and inefficiency against the Postmaster at Bahrain, Mr Bashiruddin; a request to replace him with Zafar Hussain in light of an anticipated increase in mail volume due to the opening of Imperial Airways Arab Coast route; the allowances paid to the Postmaster; and the position of Postman occupied by Essa Ahmed [‘Īsá Aḥmad]. In 1935, there is correspondence concerning a request by Skinner to give a cash Christmas present to the Bahrain Postmaster in consideration of extra work due to BAPCO's activities. Finally, correspondence in 1946 concerns the appointment of Mr Dewanchand as Sub Postmaster at Bahrain and the retention of Mr Rahmatullah as clerk with questions of accommodation and Arabic language requirements being raised.

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1 file (13 folios)

The file is arranged approximately in chronological order.

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Foliation: There is one foliation sequence that runs from the front cover to the back cover and appears in pencil, circled, on the top right hand corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of the folio.

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