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Coll 29/11 'Tehran Legation: pay of munshis and menial staff; office accommodation' [‎51r] (101/525)

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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British T^ation,
No. 67 (96/4/41). 19 41 ! 10th ’Jay 1941.
With reference to ^oreifrn Office Aeepetch ^ o 1 2F8
(X B635/568/50S) of the nth September, 1939, T have the honour
to etnte that I have received an ©rmlication from the monshies
of this Legation for a honnfl on account of the higher cost of
living resulting from war conditions.
2. I have re-oxanined the question of the local coat of
living and, while I an unable to state the exact extent to
v/hich war conditions are responsible, I am satisfied that the
continued rise in the cost of living since the rate of bonus
for the rmmshies was last fixed has been such as to Justify
the present request. The cost of living index publislied by
the National Bank of Iran, which was 138.4 at the 20th Jarch,
1939 (see paragraph 3 of Sir Horace Seymour 1 s despat ch Fo. 209
of the 22nd June, 1939), had risen to 176.5 at the 19th ^ebru-~
ary, 1941. These published figures, as Bir Horace Seymour
pointed out, are tmllkely to exaggerate the position, and I
can confirm from the case of my private servants, to whom I
have granted a war bonus, that conditions have become consider
ably more difficult for employees whose salary is fixed in
3. ’Tiile I consider that conditions Justify an increase in
the emoluments of the nunshies, I do not know what is the
attitude of His Majesty T s Oovemmept towards the grant of war
time bonuses. I therefore have the honour to submit the
following three alternative proposals;
(a) That the basic rates of salary of the rnimshies which
at present are;
Hials 1200-1.500
" 900-1200
” 800-1000
raised to:
1st **unshi
2nd "
■Tin shi
" 1350-1650
" 1050-1360
" * 950-1150
of the rnunshien should enter the new
The Right
Anthony Men, .u., • r •,
etc., etc. etc.,
vnun p u

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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)

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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