Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
The evil done by indebtedness is not confined to the hardship involved in the loss of money. We entirely agree with the Railway Board in ing very low wages which are competing with the better organised factories paying higher wages. In mica factories and other industries not using power, which employ large numbers of children, there appears a possibility of using the minimum wage to prevent the exploitation of juvenilele hope of securing a proportionate reward; in many cases the only result may be to enrich the money-lender. Many workers, however hard they work, cannot expect to secure anything above the level of subsistence; the " iron law " of wages is a reality in their case. The most powerful incentive to good work with the great majority of mankind is the prospect of securing a better livelihood; for too many Indian workers there can be no such prospect.