Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
Our proposal is that in the textile industries, railway and engineering workshops and iron and steel works the law should require payment of wages to the process operatives at intervals not exceeding 16 days. This will enable textile employers to pay wages either twice a month, or fortnightly, or weekly or by other short periods. It will also render possible the continuation of the system at present prevailing in Ahmedabad where wages are paid on a hapta, which is a period varying from 14 to 16 days according to the convenience of each particular mill. The law should also confer on the appropriate authority the power to extend a similar provision to other industries or classes of operatives, either generally or in particular centres. We suggest that the first case examined in this connection should be that of railway workers outside the workshops. There are difficulties here in the matter of payment which do not arise in other industries, but in the case of certain important classes of workers the period of wage payment might advantageously be reduced. It is, however, of the utmost importance to ensure that if any reduction is made, no worker forfeits any privilege or concession which is attached to payment on a monthly basis. Diwan Chaman Lall considers that the payment of wages weekly should be made statutory.