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Friday, June 18, 2021

The Company Rule (1773- 1858)- Part II : Pitt's India Act (1784)

The Company Rule (1773- 1858) - Part II

Pitt's India Act of 1784:

In a bid to rectify the defects of the Regulating Act of 1773, the British Parliament passed the Amending Act of 1784, also known as the Act of Settlement. The next important act was the Pitt's India Act of 1784.

The Company Rule (1773- 1858)- Part II : Pitt's India Act (1784)

Features of the Act:

  • It allowed the Court of Directors to manage the commercial affairs but created a new body called the 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 (2) reasons:

  • The Company's territories in India were for the first time called the 'British possessions in India'.
  • The British Government was given supreme control over Company's affairs and its administration in India.

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