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The Western India States Agency (WISA) was one of the political offices of the princely states of India during the rule of British Empire in India
, which was formed on 10th October 1924. It was established as a part of the execution of the Montague Chelmsford report on constitutional reforms. The Western India States Agency (WISA) t was formed by combining the regions that were under the former Kutch
, Kathiawar and Palanpur Agencies. The city of Rajkot was assigned as the headquarters of the newly formed agency and C.C. Watson was appointed as the first political agent, also known as Resident of British India
, to the Governor General of British India. Its border was improved and modified for two consecutive times, in the years 1933 and 1943. The Western India States Agency was merged with the Baroda and Gujarat
States Agency on 5th November 1944. This was done to form a larger Baroda, Western India and Gujarat States Agency.
Through the years 1924 and 1944, four hundred and thirty five Indian princely states were incorporated into the Western India States Agency, but only 18 of the state were recognized as salute states of India. Further more, the Nawanagar state was included into the Western India States Agency in the year 1933 and the state of Palanpur was reassigned to the Rajputana Agency. The agency covered a total area of 102,800 sq km in 1941 and the total population of the territory was 52,20,011.
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