Laxmikanth Test: Historical Development Of Constitution Of India - 2


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QUESTION: 1

Consider the following statements regarding the Regulating Act, 1773:
1. It was passed by the British Parliament to regulate the activities and functioning of the Company in India.
2. A three-member Council of Governor-General was appointed.
3. A Supreme Court at Calcutta was also established.

Which of the above statements are correct?

Solution:

Features of the Regulating Act, 1773:

  • The act was the first attempt to regularize company affairs in India.

  • It laid the foundation of Central Administration in India.

  • Governor of Bengal became Governor-General of Bengal. (Lord Warren Hastings was the first Governor General of Bengal)

  • Created Executive Council of 4 members to assist Governor General of Bengal.

  • Made Governors of Madras and Bombay presidencies subordinate to Governor-General of Bengal.

  • Provisioned for setting up the Supreme Court of Calcutta with 1 Chief justice and 3 other judges.

  • Prohibited the servants of company from indulging in any private trade and accepting bribes from locals.

  • Provisioned for the Court of Directors of the Company to report the British Government regarding Company’s revenue, civil and military affairs in India.

QUESTION: 2

Which of the following provisions regarding the Indian Councils Act, 1892 is not true?

Solution:

(i) Increased the number of non-official members in the Central and Provincial legislative councils.
(ii) Empowered the legislative councils with discussing budget but cannot be voted upon or amended and asking questions but no supplementary.
(iii) Provided for the nomination of some non-official members of the:

  • Central Legislative Council by the viceroy on the recommendation of the Provincial Legislative Councils and the Bengal Chamber of Commerce, and 
  • that of the Provincial Legislative Councils by the Governors on the recommendation of the district board, municipalities, universities, trade associations, zamindars and chambers.
QUESTION: 3

Consider the following provisions regarding the Government of India Act, 1919:
1. Introduction of Dyarchy in Provinces
2. Subjects were divided into reserved subjects and transferred subjects.
3. The Viceroy’s executive council shall have three out of ten members to be Indian.
4. Bicameral legislature at the Centre.

Which of the above is true regarding the Act of 1919?

Solution:

Features of the Government of India Act, 1919:

  • Also known as the Montagu-Chelmsford Reforms.

  • Separated Central and Provincial subjects. Provincial subjects were further divided into transferred subjects and reserved subjects. Transferred subjects were to be governed by the Governor with the aid of ministers of the legislative council and the reserved subjects by Governor with his executive council.

  • Introduced bicameralism and direct elections in the country. 

  • Provisioned for 3 out of 6 members of the Viceroy’s executive council were to be Indian.

  • Provided for separate electorates for Sikhs, Indian Christians, Anglo-Indians and Europeans also.

  • Granted franchise to a limited number of people based on property, tax or education.

  • Created new office of High Commissioner for India in London.

  • Provided for setting up a Central Service Commission for recruiting civil servants.

  • Separated provincial budgets from the Central budget and authorized the provincial legislatures to enact their budgets.

QUESTION: 4

Consider the following statements regarding Local self-government: 
1. Charter Act of 1813 authorized the Municipalities to levy taxes from the locals. 
2. Lord Mayo is called the father of local self-government in India. 

Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?

 

Solution:

The Charter Act of 1813 authorized local governments of the India to levy taxes from locals. They can also punish the person on non-payment of taxes.

Lord Ripon introduced the concept of Local-Self Government in British India in 1882. Thus, he is known as father of Indian Local Self-Government. In 1907 Royal Commission was formed to look into the matters related to further strengthening these Local-Self Government Institutions.

QUESTION: 5

Consider the following statements regarding Government of India1935 Act:
1. The Federal Court of India was setup as per the Act in 1937.
2. The Act was based on principles of the federation and parliamentary System. 
3. It withdrew Provincial Dyarchy and introduced Dyarchy at the Centre with important departments like defence, foreign affairs, ecclesiastical affairs etc. under reserved list.

Which of the above statements are correct?

Solution:

Features of Government of India Act, 1935:

  • Provided for the establishment of an All India Federation consisting of provinces and princely states as units.

  • Divided powers into three lists: Federal list (for Centre, with 59 items), Provincial list (for Provinces, with 54 items) and the Concurrent list (for both, with 36 items). The Viceroy was empowered with all the residuary powers.

  • Abolished dyarchy in the provinces and introduced provincial autonomy. It introduced responsible Governments in provinces where the Governor needed to work on advice of ministers responsible to the provincial legislature.

  • Provided for adoption of dyarchy at the Centre. Federal subjects were divided into transferred list and reserved list. Important departments like defence, foreign affairs, ecclesiastical affairs etc. were kept under reserved list.

  • Introduced bicameralism in 6 out of 11 provinces (Bengal, Bombay, Madras, Bihar, Assam and the United Provinces).

  • Provisioned for separate electorates for depressed classes (Scheduled Castes), women and labour.

  • Abolished the Council of India.

  • Established Reserve Bank of India to control currency and credit of the country.

  • Established Federal Public Service Commission, Provincial Public Service Commission and Joint Public Service Commission.

  • Provided for setting up a Federal Court.

QUESTION: 6

The objective of the Simon Commission is to:

Solution:

In 1927, the British Government appointed a 7-member statutory commission under the chairmanship of Sir John Simon to report on the condition of India under its new constitution. The commission submitted its report in 1930 and recommended the abolition of diarchy, extension of responsible Government in the provinces, establishment of a federation of British India and princely states, continuation of communal electorates and so on. The recommendations of the commission were incorporated in the Government of India Act, 1935. 

QUESTION: 7

The Governor-General of Bengal became the Governor-General of India through which of the following act?

Solution:

Charter Act of 1833 made the Governor-General of Bengal as the Governor-General of India and vested in him all civil and military powers. Thus, the act created, for the first time, a Government of India having authority over the entire territorial area possessed by the British in India. Lord William Bentick was the first governor-general of India.
  
Hence, D is the correct option.

QUESTION: 8

Consider the following statements regarding various acts passed in British India:
1. Pitt’s Act of 1773 established Board of Control to manage company’s political affairs.
2. In 1858, post Sepoy Mutiny, the British Crown assumed direct responsibility for the governance of India.
3. The Supreme Court of Calcutta was established as per the provisions of the Charter Act of 1833.

Which of the above statements is/are not correct?

Solution:

Pitt's India Act of 1784 rectified the defects of the Regulating Act of 1773 and to make the administration of the company's Indian territories efficient and responsible. This act provided the supreme control over company's affairs and its administration in India.

An Indian Civil Service was to be created under the control of the Secretary of State. Hereto all the property and other assets of the East India Company were transferred to the Crown. The Crown also assumed the responsibilities of the Company as they related to treaties, contracts, and so forth.

The Regulating Act of 1773 was a legislation passed by the British Parliament for the regulation of the British East India Company’s Indian territories. Some of its provisions were:

1. The presidencies of Bombay and Madras were made subordinate to the Presidency of Calcutta. 

2. It provided for the establishment of a Supreme Court at Fort William in Bengal with one Chief Justice and three other Judges and was established in 1774.

3. The governor-general had a council of four and was given a casting vote but no veto.

QUESTION: 9

Consider the following provisions:
1. Abolition of dual system of administration
2. Secretary of State for India vested with complete authority over Indian administration
3. British Crown became the sole ruler of India
4. Empowered the Viceroy to add 6 to 12 members to his Executive Council

Which of the above is a feature of the Government of India Act, 1858?

Solution:

Provisions of the Government of India Act, 1858:

  • Post 1857 revolt British Government took control over entire territory of India under Company rule. The act is also known as the Act of Good Government of India.

  • Changed the post of Governor-General of India to Viceroy of India and made him the representative of British Crown in India. (Lord Canning was the first Viceroy of India)

  • Abolished the Board of Control and Court of Directors.

  • Created office of Secretary of State for India, vested with complete authority and control over Indian administration. 

  • Created a 15 member Council of India to assist the Secretary of State for India.

QUESTION: 10

Which of the following act allowed Indians to participate in the Open Competition System for Indian Civil Services?

Solution:

Provisions under the Charter Act, 1853:

  • Separated legislative and executive functions of the Governor-General’s Council.

  • Provided for a separate 6 members Indian Legislative Council to function as mini parliament. 

  • Provisioned for open competition system for Indian Civil Services for Indians also.

  • Introduced local representation in the Indian (Central) Legislative Council. (out of 6 members 4 to be appointed by the local governments of Madras, Bombay, Bengal and Agra)

QUESTION: 11

Consider the following statements about the Government of India Act, 1935:
1. It established India as a federation.
2. According to it residuary legislative powers were vested in the Viceroy of India.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

Solution:

Features of the Government of India Act, 1935:

  • Provided for the establishment of an All India Federation consisting of provinces and princely states as units.

  • Divided powers into three lists: Federal list (for Centre, with 59 items), Provincial list (for Provinces, with 54 items) and the Concurrent list (for both, with 36 items). The Viceroy was empowered with all the residuary powers.

  • Abolished dyarchy in the provinces and introduced provincial autonomy. It introduced responsible Governments in provinces where the Governor needed to work on advice of ministers responsible to the provincial legislature.

  • Provided for adoption of dyarchy at the Centre. Federal subjects were divided into transferred subjects and reserved subjects.

  • Introduced bicameralism in 6 out of 11 provinces (Bengal, Bombay, Madras, Bihar, Assam and the United Provinces).

  • Provisioned for separate electorates for depressed classes (Scheduled Castes), women and labour.

  • Abolished the Council of India.

  • Established Reserve Bank of India to control currency and credit of the country.

  • Established Federal Public Service Commission, Provincial Public Service Commission and Joint Public Service Commission.

  • Provided for setting up a Federal Court.

QUESTION: 12

Which of the following act introduced Portfolio System in the administration in India by?

Solution:

Features of Indian Councils Act, 1861:

  • Empowered the Viceroy to nominate some Indians as the non-official members under his expanded council. (Lord Canning nominated 3 Indians: the Raja of Benaras, the Maharaja of Patiala and Sir Dinkar Rao)

  • Decentralized legislative powers by empowering the Bombay and Madras Presidencies.

  • Provided for the establishment of new legislative councils for Bengal, North-Western Provinces and Punjab.

  • The act established the Portfolio system in Indian administration. It empowered the Viceroy to make rules and orders for better functioning of the Council and made members of the council in-charge of and authorized to issue orders regarding one or more departments of the Government allocated to them.

  • Empowered the Viceroy of India to issue ordinances in emergency without the concurrence of the legislative council and with a validity of 6 months.

QUESTION: 13

Which of the following is not a feature of the Government of India Act, 1935?

Solution:

Features of the Government of India Act, 1935:

  • Provided for the establishment of an All India Federation consisting of provinces and princely states as units.

  • Divided powers into three lists: Federal list (for Centre, with 59 items), Provincial list (for Provinces, with 54 items) and the Concurrent list (for both, with 36 items). The Viceroy was empowered with all the residuary powers.

  • Abolished dyarchy in the provinces and introduced provincial autonomy. It introduced responsible Governments in provinces where the Governor needed to work on advice of ministers responsible to the provincial legislature.

  • Provided for adoption of dyarchy at the Centre. Federal subjects were divided into transferred subjects and reserved subjects.

  • Introduced bicameralism in 6 out of 11 provinces (Bengal, Bombay, Madras, Bihar, Assam and the United Provinces). Council of States to be elected directly.

  • Divided Federal Budget in 80 percent non-votable part which could not be discussed or amended in the legislature and the remaining 20 percent of the whole budget which could be discussed or amended in the Federal Assembly.

  • Provisioned for separate electorates for depressed classes (Scheduled Castes), women and labour.

  • Abolished the Council of India.

  • Established Reserve Bank of India to control currency and credit of the country.

  • Established Federal Public Service Commission, Provincial Public Service Commission and Joint Public Service Commission.

  • Provided for setting up a Federal Court.

QUESTION: 14

Which of the following features of the Constitution of India have been borrowed from the Government of India Act, 1935?
1. Office of the Governor
2. Emergency Provisions
3. Legislative Procedure
4. Bicameralism
5. Federation with a strong centre

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

Solution:

Legislature procedure and bicameralism are borrowed from the Constitution of United Kingdom, whereas federation with a strong center is borrowed from the Constitution of Canada in the Indian Constitution.

QUESTION: 15

Consider the following statements regarding Indian Independence Act, 1947:
1. It created two independent dominions of India and Pakistan with no right to secede from the British Commonwealth.
2. It deprived the British Monarch of his right to veto bills.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

Solution:

Provisions of the Indian Independence Act, 1947:

  • The Indian Independence Act, 1947 ended the British rule in India and declare India as an independent and sovereign state from August 5, 1947. 

  • It provisioned for partition of India and Pakistan as two independent dominions with right to secede from the British Commonwealth. 

  • It empowered the Constituent Assemblies of the two nations to frame and adopt any constitution of their respective nations and to repeal any act of the British Parliament including the Independence Act itself.

  • It abolished the office of Secretary of State for India and transferred his powers to the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs.

  • It deprived the British Monarch of his right to veto bills or ask for reservation of certain bills for his approval. 

  • It designated the Governor-General of India and provincial governors as constitutional (nominal) heads of the states.

  • It dropped the title of Emperor of India from the royal titles of the King of England.

QUESTION: 16

Which of the following statements is/are not true regarding the Communal Award?
1. It provisioned for separate electorates for depressed class also.
2. Gandhiji supported the provision and signed Poona Pact.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

Solution:

In 1932 Ramsay MacDonald announced a scheme of representation of Minorities called Communal Award. It continued the provision of separate electorate for Muslims, Sikhs, Indian Christians, Anglo-Indians and Europeans and extended it to the depressed class as well. Gandhiji opposed the idea of extending the principle of separate electorates to depressed class and undertook fast unto death in Yeravada Jail, Poona. As a result of which the Poona pact was signed between Gandhi ji and B.R. Ambedkar to retain Hindu joint electorate but reservation of seats for depressed class.

QUESTION: 17

Consider the following statements regarding Cabinet Mission:
1. It recommended the Union will have only control on country’s defence.
2. Each Princely Legislature would elect members to Constituent Assembly based on proportional representation.

Which of the above statements is/are not correct?

Solution:

Cabinet Mission was appointed in 1946 by the British Government, which recommended:

  • The unity of India had to be retained.

  • It proposed a very loose union of all the Indian territories under a centre that would control merely defence, the Foreign Affairs and the Commutation. The Union would have the powers necessary to raise the finances to manage these subjects.

  • All subjects other than Union subjects and residuary power would vest in the provinces of British India.

  • The Princely Legislatures would then elect a Constituent Assembly or a Constitution making body with each province being allotted a specified number of seats proportionate to its population.

  • The proposed Constituent Assembly was to consist was to consist of 292 member from British India and 93 from Indian States.

  • The Mission proposed an immediate formation of Interim Government at the centre, enjoying the support of major political parties and with the Indians holding all the portfolios.

QUESTION: 18

Which of the following was a British cabinet member sent to India under Cabinet Mission?
1. Lord Pethick Lawrence
2. Sir Stafford Cripps
3. C.R. Attlee
4. A.V. Alexander

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

Solution:

The British PM C.R. Attlee Government on 19th February 1946 announced in the House of Lords about the mission and the plan to quit India. A high-powered mission of three British Cabinet members: Lord Pethick Lawrence, Sir Stafford Cripps and A.V. Alexander which reached India on 24th March 1946.

QUESTION: 19

Consider the following statements regarding the Governor General of India:
1. Lord Mountbatten was the first Governor General of the new dominion of India.
2. No Indian ever became Governor General of India.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

Solution:

On 15th August 1947, the British rule came to an end and power was transferred to the dominion of India. Lord Mountbatten became the first Governor General of the new dominion of India and C. Rajagopalachari was the only Indian to become Governor-General of India.

QUESTION: 20

Who granted Diwani rights to British East India Company?

Solution:

In 1765 after the Battle of Buxar Shah Alam granted Diwani rights to the British East India Company which established the political rights of the Company in India. Before that the Company was puring a trading entity but later it got the rights over revenue and civil justice of Bengal.