Write the provisions of the Mont-Ford Amendment Act. - History

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Write the provisions of the Mont-Ford Amendment Act.

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The Montagu–Chelmsford Reforms or more briefly known as the Mont–Ford Reforms, were introduced by the colonial government to introduce self-governing institutions gradually in British India. The reforms take their name from Edwin Montagu, the Secretary of State for India from 1917 to 1922, and Lord Chelmsford, the Viceroy of India between 1916 and 1921. The reforms were outlined in the Montagu-Chelmsford Report, prepared in 1918, and formed the basis of the Government of India Act 1919. 

The main provisions were the following:

  1. The secretary of state would control affairs relating to the Government of India.
  2. The Imperial Legislative Council would comprise two chambers- the Council of State and the Central Legislative Assembly.
  3. The Imperial Legislative Council was empowered to enact laws on any matter for the whole of India.
  4. The Governor-General was given powers to summon, prorogue, dissolve the Chambers, and to promulgate Ordinances.
  5. The number of Indians in Viceroy's Executive Council would be three out of eight members.
  6. Establishment of bicameral Provincial Legislative councils.
  7. Dyarchy in the Provinces-
    • Reserved subjects like Finance, Law and Order, Army, Police etc.
    • Transferred subjects like Public Health, Education, Agriculture, Local Self-government etc.
  8. There would henceforth be direct election and an extension of Communal franchise.
  9. A council of princes was also set up with 108 members to allow princes to debate matters of importance. But it had no power and some princes didn't even bother to attend what was little more than a 'talking shop'.
Concept: Impact of the World Wars on India
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