§ 124. Mr. Younger
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Burma the estimated rise in the cost of living in Burma over the 1939 level; and what allowances have been made to compensate for this rise in the pay of civil servants in senior and junior grades
§ Mr. A. Henderson
The present cost of living index is based on the figure of 100, for 1941. Compared with that figure the cost of living for a Burman family in Rangoon in May, 1946, was 404 as against 679 in November, 1945. A cost of living allowance on a sliding scale has been sanctioned for all civil servants in receipt of less than Rs.540 a month, ranging downwards from 150 per cent. of basic pay as the rate of basic pay increases. The cost of these increases is over £2,250,000 a year.