The Indian Council Act, 1861

  • Policy of Association of Indians in legislation started.
  • A fifth member who was to be a jurist, was added to the Viceroy’s executive council.
  • For legislation, executive Council of Viceroy was enlarged by 6 to 12 members composed of half non-officials members. Thus foundations of Indian legislature were laid down.
  • Legislative powers of the Presidency Government deprived in 1833 were restored.
  • Viceroy could issue ordinances in case of emergency.
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