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Coll 29/11 'Tehran Legation: pay of munshis and menial staff; office accommodation' [‎48v] (96/525)

The record is made up of 1 file (261 folios). It was created in 16 Sep 1926-13 Jun 1947. 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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Please see submission at P.Z. 4507/39.
In 1935 the three Munehis at H.M. Legation at Tehran
received basic pay plus a 25ya bonus. In 1937 the bonus was
raised to 40/ and in 1939 to 75%* The present letter from
the Foreign Office recommends a further increase in the bonus
to 95%.
index figure published in the bulletin of the National Bank
of Iran which, as a Government organ, is unlikely to
exaggerate the position, has risen from 138.4 on the 20th r'Jo/vc
Moy 1939, to 176.5 on the 19th February, 1941. In view
of the continuous rise in prices and the importance of main
taining a contented and loyal local staff, it is proposed to
agree £b the proposed increase and to accept a moiety of the
cost involved as a charge on ttae. Indian revenues, on the
understanding that the Treasury accept a charge of a** the other
moiety.
Sir Reader Bullard reports that the cost of living
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Since the sum concerned does not exceed £100 it is
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not considered necessary to consult the Government of India
before agreeing to the proposal*
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A draft letter to the Foreign Office is submitted.
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Please see submission at P.Z. 4507/39
In 1935 the three Munehis at II.M. Legation at Tehran
received basic pay plus a 25;o bonus. In 1937 the bonus was
raised to 40/ and in 1939 to 75%. The present letter from
the Foreign Office recommends a further increase in the bonus
to 95%.
index figure published in the bulletin of the National Bank
of Iran which, as a Government organ, is unlikely to
exaggerate the position, has risen from 138.4 on the 20th Pjo/vc
May 1939, to 176.5 on the 19th February, 1941. In view
of the continuous rise in prices and the importance of main
taining a contented and loyal local staff, it is proposed to
agree the proposed increase and to accept a moiety of the
cost involved as a charge on Indian revenues, on the
understanding that the Treasury accept a charge of as? the other
moiety.
Sir Reader Bullard reports that the cost of living
not considered necessary to consult the Government of India
before agreeing to the proposal.
*
Since the sum concerned does not exceed £100 it is
A draft letter to the Foreign Office is submitted.
ex^jnJJr fo- fyut
IX. ■ v/i. •

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The file concerns the personnel employed at the British Legation at Tehran.

The file covers: increase of staff and related expenditure in 1928, accommodation, list of staff at the legation, installation of telephone systems, proposal to grant cost of living bonus to munshis and menial staff, employment of a third munshi A secretary or political assistant working in the British administration in the Gulf, often also providing linguistic interpretation. in 1933, proposal to appoint two additional Vice Consuls in 1934, pay rises, and requests for financial contributions from Government of India. There are also later documents, from 1945, regarding the employment of Indian Orderlies at the Legation.

The file is composed solely of internal correspondence between the Foreign Office, 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. , the Secretary of State for India, the British Legation at Tehran, and the Treasury.

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1 file (261 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 for this description commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 262; 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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