Why was the Welby Commission appointed?

By Ritesh|Updated : September 4th, 2022

The British government set up the Welby Commission in the year 1895 to investigate waste expenditure in India. It was established with the official name of the Royal Commission on Administration of Expenditure of India. The commission's main objective was to ascertain India's income and expenditure.

Welby Commission

  • The members of the commission were
    • Lord Chaman, T.R. Buchanan, and Lord Welby as representatives of Parliament.
    • William Wedderburn, William S. Caine, and Dadabhai Naoroji as the representatives of Indian interests.
  • Dinsha Wacha and GK Gokhale were deposed in 1897 before the commission.
  • In 1900, the Commission's final report appeared and depended on the House of Commons to offer impartiality in financial arrangements.
  • At the expense of Indian revenues, the costs of English were not to be reduced.
  • As a member of the British Empire, India should have been ready to offer support.
  • The India Office should be consulted about charges affecting India, and India's payments to England must be linked to a permanent exchange mission in pre-independence India.

Summary:

Why was the Welby Commission appointed?

The Government of British set up the Welby Commission in 1895 to find wasteful expenditure in India. Dadabhai Naoroji was the first Indian to sit on the Welby Commission.

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