The Act of 1786

In 1786 Pitt brought another bill in the Parliament relating to India in a bid to prevail upon Cornwallis to accept the Governor Generalship of India. Cornwallis wanted to have the power of both the Governor General and the Commander in Chief. The provisions of the Act were The Governor general got in special cases relating to peace, defence or well being of Indian empire, the power to override the majority of the council.

The Governor General now became the effective ruler of British India under the control of the Board and the Directors. Stage by stage the control of British Parliament over the country increased.