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A document summarising the resolutions of the Indian National Congress in 1885
(By permission of The British Library, OIOC SW63)
Resolution 1
Resolved:-This Congress recommends that the promised inquiry into the administration of India, here and in England, should be given to a Royal Commission. The people of India should be properly represented on the Commission, and evidence taken both in India and in England.
[Proposed by Mr. G. Subramania Iyer, (Madras); seconded by Mr. P. M. Mehta, (Bombay): and supported by Mr. Norendronath Sen, (Calcutta).]

Resolution 2
Resolved:-This Congress considers that the Council of the Secretary of State for India [Council of India], as it is now, should be abolished. This is the necessary first step to all other reforms.
[Proposed by Mr. S. H. Chiplonkar, (Poona); seconded by Mr. P. Ananda Charlu, (Madras); and supported by Mr. J. Ghosal, (Allahabad).]

Resolution 3
Resolved:-This Congress considers the reform and expansion of the Supreme and Local Legislative Councils essential - by letting in a large percentage of elected members (and by the creation of similar councils for the North West Provinces, Oudh and the Punjab). All budgets should go to these Councils for consideration. Council members should have the power to formally question the business of the executive government. A Standing Committee of the House of Commons should be created to receive and consider any formal protests from such Councils against the executive government should it use its power to over-rule the majority decisions of Councils.
[Proposed by the Hon. K.T. Telang, C.I.E., (Bombay); seconded by the Hon. S. Subramania Iyer, (Madras); and supported by the Hon. Dadabhai Naoroji, (Bombay).]

Resolution 4
Resolved:-In the opinion of this Congress, the exams now held in England for first appointments to various civil departments of the public service should (in agreement with the views of the India Office Committee of 1860) be held at the same time in England and in India. Both exams should be the same and those in both countries who sit the exam should be graded in one list according to merit. ..
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