Kutch State

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Kutch State
Former State of India
Kutch in India (1951).svg
Kutch State, 1951
• Merger into Bombay State
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Cutch State
Baroda, Western India and Gujarat States Agency
Bombay State
Legal Case of 1954 : Kutch State

Kutch State was a state within India from 1947 to 1956. Its capital was Bhuj.

The state's territory now forms a Kachchh district within the Indian state of Gujarat.


Kutch State was formed out of the territory of the former princely state of Cutch, whose ruler (Maharao Sri Vijayaraji) had acceded to the Dominion of India with effect from 15 August 1947.[1]

The administration of Kutch after accession, however, remained in the hands of its former ruler until his death on 26 February 1948, when it then passed to his son, Maharao Shri Meghraji. On 1 June 1948 the administration was transferred to the Government of India, working through a Chief Commissioner and Chief Minister Seth Rajmalsha from 1947 to 1956.[citation needed]

Initially Kutch functioned as a province. Upon the Constitution of India coming into force on 26 January 1950, Kutch became a "Class C" state, i.e. its administration was under the direct control of India's central government.

On 1 November 1956, Bombay State was re-organized under the States Reorganisation Act, absorbing various territories including Kutch State, which ceased to exist. It became Kutch district in Bombay State. On 1 May 1960, Bombay State was bifurcated on linguistic lines forming Gujarat and Maharashtra states and Kutch district became a part of Gujarat.[citation needed]

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Coordinates: 23°54′54″N 70°22′01″E / 23.915°N 70.367°E / 23.915; 70.367