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The provision of favourable conditions for the plantation economy has evidently been one of the main concerns of the administrative body throughout the nineteenth century. With the rapid expansion of the plantation system in Ceylon, the direct participation of Civil Servants in the cultivation of cash crops was prohibited in order to prevent further misuse of administrative powers. It is important to keep in mind that the Ceylon Civil Service (CSS) consisted of only a small number of higher offices. Colebrooke had already recommended to throw open the ranks of the CCS to the educated natives of Ceylon. The Legislative Council of Ceylon was established in the course of the Colebrooke-Cameron reforms. The Colonial Office saw the Legislative Council as an alternative source of information about the state of Ceylon.

Keywords:Ceylon Civil Service (CSS); Civil Servants; Colebrooke; Colonial Office; Legislative Council; plantation economy

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