Succession of British Agencies in Gujarat
In 1937, the great Gaekwar Baroda State and other princely states of the Baroda Agency were merged with those of the agencies adjacent to the northern part of the Bombay Presidency, Rewa Kantha Agency, Surat Agency, Nasik Agency, Kaira Agency and Thana Agency, in order to form the Baroda and Gujarat States Agency.
On November 5, 1944 the Baroda and Gujarat States Agency was merged with the Western India States Agency (WISA) to form a larger Baroda, Western India and Gujarat States Agency. At Indian Independence, this would merge into Bombay State, ending up at its split in present Gujarat.
The Attachment Scheme
The process of the 'attachment scheme' began from 1940 onwards in order to integrate the smallest princely states, estates and thanas. Baroda State was one of the main beneficiaries of this measure by being able to add about 15,000 km² and half a million inhabitants to the state. The merged states were Pethapur on 1 February 1940, the
Katosan Thana, with Deloli,
Ranipura, Tejpura, Varsora, the
Palaj Taluka and both
Ijpura States between June and July 1940. These were followed on 10 July 1943 by the states of Ambliara,
Ghorasar, Ilol, Katosan, Khadal, Patdi, Punadra, Ranasan,
Wasoda and Wao Also many small Talukas of the region were merged. On 24 July 1943
Sachodar State and a few small places that had no own jurisdiction were annexed. Finally, by December the small states of
Bhilka, Malpur, Mansa and
Vadia followed suit.