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The East India Company Act 1813, also known as the Charter Act 1813, was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which renewed the charter issued to the British East India Company, and continued the Company's rule in India. However, the Company's commercial monopoly was ended, except for the tea and opium trade and the trade with China, this reflecting the growth of British power in India

The East India Company Act, 1813[1]
(Charter Act of 1813)
Long titleAn Act for continuing in the East India Company, for a further Term, the Possession of the British Territories in India, together with certain exclusive Privileges; for establishing further Regulations for the Government of the said Territories, and the better Administration of Justice within the same; and for regulating the Trade to and from the Places within the Limits of the said Company's Charter
Citation53 Geo. 3 c. 155
Royal assent21 July 1813
Other legislation
Repealed byGovernment of India Act 1915
Status: Repealed

1. The Act expressly asserted the Crown's sovereignty over British India.

2. It allotted Rs 100,000 to promote education in Indian masses and allowed them to open anywhere anytime.

3. This act permitted Christian missionaries to propagate English and preach their religion.

The power of the provincial governments and courts in India over European British subjects was also strengthened by the Act.[2] Financial provision was also made to encourage a revival in Indian literature and for the promotion of science.[3]

The Company's charter had previously been renewed by the Charter Act 1793, and was next renewed by the Charter Act 1833.

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  1. ^ Short title as conferred by the Short Titles Act 1896, s. 1; the modern convention for the citation of short titles omits the comma after the word "Act".
  2. ^ A Constitutional History of India 1600–1935, Arthur Berriedale Keith, Methuen, London, 1936, p. 128
  3. ^ Keith, p. 129