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Pitt’s India Act, 1784

Posted on : 25 Jan 2020

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  • It distinguished between the commercial and political functions of the Company.
  • It allowed the Court of Directors to manage the commercial affairs but created a new body called Board of Control to manage the political affairs. Thus, it established a system of double government.
  • It empowered the Board of Control to supervise and direct all operations of the civil and military government or revenues of the British possessions in India.
  • Thus, the act was significant for two reasons: first, the Company’s territories in India were for the first time called the ‘British possessions in India’; and second, the British Government was given the supreme control over the Company’s affairs and its administration in India.

Article Related Questions

  1. With reference to Pitt’s India Act of 1784, consider the following statements
    1.It laid down the foundations of Central administration in India.
    2.It made the Governor-General of Bengal as the Governor-General of India.
    3.It gave the British Government supreme control over the Company's affairs and administration in India.
    Which of the above statements is/are correct?

  2. 1.1 and 2 only

    2.2 only

    3.3 only

    4.None of the above

    Right Ans : 3 only

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