Butler Committee 1927
The object of the Butler Committee of 1927 was to
- Define the jurisdiction of the Central and Provincial Governments.
- Define the powers of the Secretary of State of India.
- Impose censorship on national press.
- Improve the relationship between the Government of India and the Indian States
Butler Committee: Objectives & Recommendations
The Indian states committee appointed a committee under the Chairmanship of Sir Harcourt Butler which was popularly known as ‘the Butler Committee’ to investigate and clarify the relationship between the paramount power and the Princes of Princely States in AD 1927. The committee visited16 States and submitted its report in 1929.
It was the three-member committee.Butler Committee gave the following recommendations:
- Paramountcy must remain supreme.
- States should not be handed over to an Indian government in British India, responsible to an Indian Legislature.
- But it could be done with the consent of states.
- It must fulfil its obligation, adopting and defining itself according to the shifting necessities of time and progressive development of states.
- The viceroy was made the Crown’s agent in dealing with states.