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Regulating Act of 1773

Posted on : 25 Jan 2020

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  • It was the first step taken by the British Government to control and regulate the affairs of the East India Company in India
  • It recognized, for the first time, the political and administrative functions of the Company
  • It laid the foundations of central administration in India.
  • It designated the Governor of Bengal as the ‘Governor-General of Bengal’ and created an Executive Council of four members to assist him. The first such Governor-General was Lord Warren Hastings.
  • It provided for the establishment of a Supreme Court at Calcutta (1774) comprising one chief justice and three other judges.
  • It prohibited the servants of the Company from engaging in any private trade or accepting presents or bribes from the ‘natives’.
  • It strengthened the control of the British Government over the Company by requiring the Court of Directors (governing body of the Company) to report on its revenue, civil, and military affairs in India.
  • It made the governors of Bombay and Madras presidencies subordinate to the Governor General of Bengal, unlike earlier, when the three presidencies were independent of one another.

It was the Pitts India Act which distinguished between the commercial and political functions of the Company. 

  • It was the first step taken by the British Government to control and regulate the affairs of the East India Company in India
  • It recognized, for the first time, the political and administrative functions of the Company
  • It laid the foundations of central administration in India.
  • It designated the Governor of Bengal as the ‘Governor-General of Bengal’ and created an Executive Council of four members to assist him. The first such Governor-General was Lord Warren Hastings.
  • It provided for the establishment of a Supreme Court at Calcutta (1774) comprising one chief justice and three other judges.
  • It prohibited the servants of the Company from engaging in any private trade or accepting presents or bribes from the ‘natives’.
  • It strengthened the control of the British Government over the Company by requiring the Court of Directors (governing body of the Company) to report on its revenue, civil, and military affairs in India.
  • It made the governors of Bombay and Madras presidencies subordinate to the Governor General of Bengal, unlike earlier, when the three presidencies were independent of one another.
  • It was the Pitts India Act which distinguished between the commercial and political functions of the Company. 

Article Related Questions

  1. Consider the following statements regarding the constitutional importance of the Regulating Act of 1773
    1.It was the first step taken by the British Government to control and regulate the affairs of the East India Company in India.
    2.It recognized for the first time, the political and administrative functions of the Company.
    3.It made the Governors of Bombay and Madras Presidencies independent of the Governor General of Bengal.
    4.It distinguished between the commercial and the political functions of the Company.
    Which of the above statements are correct?

  2. 1.1, 2 and 4 only

    2.1, 2 and 3 only

    3.1 and 2 only

    4.2 and 4 only

    Right Ans : 1 and 2 only

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