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During the British Raj, Batta or Bhatta was a military term, meaning a special allowance made to officers, soldiers, or other public servants in the field.[1] The term is probably derived from the Kanarese bhatta (rice in the husk).[2]

In Hindi, the term bhatta (भत्ता) is now used to refer to allowance made to military personnel or other public servants.[3]


  1. ^ G. S. Chhabra (2005). Advance Study in the History of Modern India (Volume-2: 1803-1920). Lotus Press. pp. 57–. ISBN 978-81-89093-07-5. 
  2. ^  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Batta". Encyclopædia Britannica. 3 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 529. 
  3. ^ Henry Yule; A. C. Burnell (2013). Hobson-Jobson: The Definitive Glossary of British India. OUP Oxford. p. 87. ISBN 978-0-19-164583-9.