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Government of India, Secretariat Procedure Committee

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A move towards federation was first initiated though not formally, under the Government of India Act, 1919. This for the first time in India’s administrative history conferred definite responsibility in certain subjects on the provinces, the subjects being education, public health, local self Government, roads and buildings, agriculture, animal husbandry, cooperative societies etc. Hitherto, the Central Government was really the Government of the Governments in India. The Government of India Act, 1919 visualised a vertical division of responsibility between the central Government and the provinces. To prepare itself effectively for the new pattern of relationship with the provinces, the Government of India appointed on 12 September 1919, the Government of India Secretariat Procedure Committee under the presidentship of H.L Lewellyn Smith. Its other members were W.M Hailey, R.L.B Gall and R.L Watson, A.C Mcwatters being its Secretary. The Committee submitted its report on 20 December 1919 in less than three months.

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February 2nd, 2012 at 7:48 am