GK Question- 34
Mir Jafar, the Company’s puppet Nawab of Bengal, first granted the famous “double batta” to the East India Company. What was this double batta?
[A]It was a concession to the officers of East India Company for their private trade
[B]It was a kind of gift given by the Nawab to the officers of East India Company
[C]It was a Field Allowance to the troops of East India Company
[D]It was a rebate on prices while purchasing the raw material from Indian producers
Explanation: Batta was a field allowance or extra pay or Active-Service allowance of the Company’s troops. Mir Jafar had doubled it when he had been installed for the second time as Nawab of Bengal. But in 1766, the Court of Directors decided to stop it. The decision was enforced by Lord Clive and the officers of East India Company tried to stop this enforcement. They joined together and threw up their commissions simultaneously as an act of agitation. This was kind of white mutiny but Clive meticulously overcame it.