Updated : August 5, 2019
For some time, the British had the Governor in India.
The British sent Indian Civil Service (ICS) members to India and Burma. U Tin Tut was the first Burmese ICS. He became an ICS by invitation. Others have to take the ICS examinations held in Calcutta and London.
Indian professionals, merchants and laborers worked in Burma.
Indian currency of 1 Rupee = 16 Anna = 64 Pice became the currency for pre-war Burma.
The Burmese coined the following :
- “Kyat” for Rupee
- “Pei” for Anna
- “Paing” for Pice
- “Ta Mu” for Two Annas
- “Ta Mutt for Four Annas or quarter of a Rupee
- “Nga Mu” — a misnomer — for Eight annas or half a Rupee
- “Dingha” for the Silver Coin worth One Rupee.
Believe it or not
My beloved father told us that he could have a good meal (including Dan Bauk or Barayani) for less than an Anna.
Some government employees had 13 Rupees (or less) as their salary, yet they could support their family.
The Indian currency was phased out during the early years of Burma’s Independence.
The Rupee was replaced by the Kyat.