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Coll 6/68 'Syria: Relief of destitute British Indians in Syria' [‎19r] (37/54)

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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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that up to the end of the financial year 1933-1934 £1061:7:7 had
been expended in this relief, which does not tally with the
balance of £54:8:5, quoted above, which was arrived at after
an additional sum of £11:14:1 had been debited to the fund
of the June Quarter 1934. According to the books of this
consulate the total sum expended up to the end of the
financial year 1933-1934 was £1082:2:5* To facilitate
investigation I transmit a statement showing the disbursements
made during each quarter since the beginning.
4 . The granting of relief has been most carefully
controlled by this consulate with a view to spinning out
the grant as long as possible and to providing, except in
case of physical incapacity, a diminishing assistance.
The continued fall of sterling has unfortunately rather
militated against this purpose. At present only five
absolutely destitute Indians remain, all of them are either
aged or crippled women. It will be a hardship amounting
almost to cruelty if the meagre alms they enjoy from the
India treasury is now cut.
I have, etc.,
(Sd.) GILBERT MACKERETH.

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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)
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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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