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'File 28/14 Labour employed by the Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited, Bahrain' [‎211r] (422/525)

The record is made up of 1 file (258 folios). It was created in 1 Nov 1935-9 Dec 1938. 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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what action you propose to taico in thin matlc-r. Upto
nov: out or the 519 Indians reierred to alsove the
Oompany have registered oniy 25 agreements.
6. I may further . tate i'or your information that
the Bahrein Petroleum Go., Ltd., had no recruiting
office or Agent in Bombay. Their methods of indirect
recruitment were to invite emigrant-employees from
^ 1 India who defrayed their own expenses to Bahrein and
then employ them there. .iThen this indirect recruitment
, . was detected in Juiy 1936, the Gomjany ;,as ouxiged to
u * 'V
, j^pen a peruianent recruiting office in Bombay. Since
< 4 u ' x
tnen the locd office of the Gom^any recruited about
k N ^ 462 Indians out or vhich about 202 have axready been
1. M/; repatriated to India for the following reasons :
(l) 135 persons returne to India after
termination of their agreements by the Goaipany under
^clause lu for various reasons but in majority of
ca;>es for "inefficiency 1 *;
(2; 12 persons returnee after completion of
their contracts;
(3) 27 persons returned after teriniaating their
contracts on account of the alleged unsatisfactory
(4) 4 persons returned but the reasons for
their return are not uno..n.
(5j 4 persons returned on account of sickness.
7. Practically every repatriate.i^rant ..hen
he reports to me makes various ^ of complaiuts.
kany of them tate tnat no useful purpo. e v/ill be
served by filing a written complaint inlividually but
they urge that Government should appoint an En-uiry
Gommittee to investigate tae various complaints which
tney ma^e and nece.isary action snould be tci^en in
general. Tne number of complaints does not show any
sign of decrease but on the contrary they aave
increased and the local ne s papers hai jiven wide
pubiici ty

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The file contains correspondence between the Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited (BAPCO) representative, the Adviser to the Governement of Bahrain, the 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 and the 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. in the 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. on the employment of Bahrain, Indian, British and American labour by BAPCO for the construction of the Refinery in Bahrain, and on the working conditions in the BAPCO camps. The file includes draft contracts and correspondence on cases of unlawful emigration from India and Persia to Bahrain and on the working conditions of Indian labour.

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1 file (258 folios)

The documents in the file are arranged in chronological order. There are notes at the end of the file (folios 231-259). The notes refer to documents within the file; they give a brief description of the correspondence with a reference number, which refers back to that correspondence in the file.

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The main foliation, 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 front cover, on number 1, and ends on the last folio of writing, on number 259. There is another foliation sequence, not circled and incomplete.

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