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'File 3/9 Staff of Post Office' [‎3r] (5/26)

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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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return here,and siiice he is familiar with the lan^ua^es
required and knows the people I would he glad if he could
he posted here,
4. There aru two more points I wish to mention. I
understaad that the allowances here have been reduced from
Hs.60/- and Rs.50/- to Rs.lB/- whereas in Gv/adurjirasni and
!uscat they have only been reduced to .is # 40/- and Rs.30/-.
This is apparently in addition to the 10/o cut applied to
all Government servants* Since the cost of living has not
decreased .these officials are unfortunate in receiviijg an
additional cut not applied to other departments in the >ulf,
hut there appears no justification for the invidious treat
ment meted out to Bahrain, and it will render it diiiicult
to find the right man for a post viiiidi is becoming increasing*
ly arduous and and responsible.
5. The second poin: is z minor one but one which affects
the efficiency of the . ost Office, Xhe Postman ^ssa,is
being pensioned,willy nilly,and a successor is being sent
from India. I received petitions from the leading merchants
of Bahrain urging his retention rud informed the Superintend
ent of Post Offices of this by telegram and also in another
telegram warned him that any successor must be able to
speak Arabic ani Persian. To neither of these telegrams did
he vouchsafe a reply.
I believe ~ssa is being forcibly pensioned though
still able to serve some five years more. e is a very
useful man and gets on well with the local merchants. Since
it is extremely unlikely that a man can be found in India
who knov/s the necessary languages it would appear far wiser
to retain him aslong as possible especially in view of the
increasing work that will shortly fall to this Post Office
6. I realise that the Post Office is a separate depar'
with requirements and an organizaticsi of its own,and I
no desire to intervene in matters which do not CQnce^

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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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