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Pitt's India Act, 1784 . A Board of Control consisting of six members was created. They were appointed by the Crown. The Court of Directors was retained without any alteration in its composition The Act also introduced significant changes in the Indian administration. It reduced the number of the members of the Governor-General's Council from four to three including the Commander-in-Chief.
Pitt's India Act, 1784 . Pitt's India Act constitutes a significant landmark with regard to the foreign policy of the Company. A critical review of the Act reveals that it had introduced a kind of contradiction in the functions of the Company. . The Court of Directors controlled its commercial functions, whereas the Board of Control maintained its political affairs . In fact, the Board represented the King, and the Directors symbolised the Company.
Warren Hastings . The Pitt's India Act of 1784 was a rude shock and bitter disappointment for Warren Hastings. The Prime Minister's speech censuring the policy of the Government of Bengal was considered by Warren Hastings as a reflection on his personal character. His image and reputation were tarnished in England. Therefore, he resigned and left India in June 1785. . In 1787, Warren Hastings was impeached in the Parliament by Edmund Burke and the Whigs for his administrative excess.