Western India States Agency
Agency of British India

Map of the area of the Western India States Agency and the Baroda and Gujarat States Agency during the British Raj
• 1941
16,558 km2 (6,393 sq mi)
• 1941
• Established
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Kathiawar Agency
Cutch Agency
Palanpur Agency
Mahi Kantha Agency
Baroda, Western India and Gujarat States Agency

The Western India States Agency (WISA) was one of the agencies of British India. This agency was formed on 10 October 1924 as a part of the implementation of the Montague Chelmsford report on constitutional reforms. It was formed by merging the areas under the erstwhile Kathiawar, Cutch (covering only Kutch state) and Palanpur agencies.[1]

At one time or another between 1924 and 1944, 435 princely states were included in this agency, roughly covering the present Gujarat state, but only eighteen out of these were salute states. Some 163 Talukas and Estates were included in this Agency: these were mostly petty (e)states, some no larger than a town or village.


The divisions of the Western India States Agency were :[citation needed]


The city of Rajkot became the headquarters of this new agency and C.C. Watson became its first Agent to the Governor General of British India (AGG). Its boundary was modified twice, in 1933 and 1943. On 5 November 1944 it was merged with the Baroda and Gujarat States Agency to form the larger Baroda, Western India and Gujarat States Agency.

In 1924, Palanpur Agency was merged into the Western India States Agency and placed under the political control of the Government of India. The designation of Palanpur Agency was changed to Banas Kantha Agency in 1925 and Palanpur State was transferred to the Rajputana Agency in 1933. Also in 1933, the states of the Mahi Kantha Agency, except for Danta were included in this agency.[2]

In 1941, the area covered by this agency was 39,688 square miles (102,800 km2) and the population was 52,20,011.

Chief officers

Agent to the Governor-General and Resident, Western States

Residents for the Western India States Agency

See also


  1. ^ Great Britain India Office. The Imperial Gazetteer of India. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1908.
  2. ^ William Lee-Warner, The Native States Of India (1910)
  3. ^ Provinces of British India