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Coll 6/68 'Syria: Relief of destitute British Indians in Syria' [‎5r] (9/54)

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The record is made up of 1 file (25 folios). It was created in 2 Jan 1935-19 Oct 1935. 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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P. 2. 671+6/35
Minute Paper.
The Consul-General at Damascus, in his letter
P. Z. urged that the Government of India should
continue to support the few destitute Indian#/who remain
in Syria. The original contributions agreed to by the
Government of India have lasted longer than was expected,
but the fund is now almost exhausted.
Mr. Mackereth’s letter was forwarded to the
Government of India and their reply has now been received.
They do not approve of the suggestion for repatriating
the destitute females, as in the absence of any poor lav/
they would very likely starve. They have, however, agreed
to continue to pay a small compassionate allowance to the
women during their lifetime but are not prepared to
contribute tov/ards the children. The Government of India
do not fix th© amount of the allowance to be paid, but
presumably it is to continue on the same scale, which
must be barely the subsistence level. It is submitted
that we should ask the Foreign Office to instruct the
Consul General at Damascus to continue paying the
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This file concerns the administration of funds granted by the Government of India to the British Consulate in Damascus for the provision of relief to destitute British Indians residing in Syria.

According to the correspondence, it was originally intended that the payments would cease at the end of the financial year of 1933/34, but the funds lasted longer than expected. In 1935, with funds almost exhausted, the correspondence discusses whether the allowance should be continued in order to continue to provide relief to five destitute British Indian women. Also discussed is the possibility of the women being repatriated to India.

The file features the following correspondents: His Majesty's Consul, Damascus (Gilbert MacKereth); the Foreign Secretary to the Government of India; officials of the Foreign Office and 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. .

In addition to correspondence the file includes a statement of disbursements for the period of 1926-1934.

The file includes a divider which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence (folio 1).

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1 file (25 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 27; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

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