Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
The Council might also play a useful part in the co-ordination and development of economic research. The need for advance in this direction has already been discussed and a Council constituted on the lines suggested would be able to assist and guide efforts in the various provinces. We recognise the difficulty of finding funds for much statistical work at present, and the extent to which statistics will fall within the province of the provincial Governments and the Central Government respectively is uncertain. But in either case the Council will provide a useful focus for statistical development. The need for securing co-ordination in Indian economic statistics will always remain, and the Council will provide a body of men able to review the needs of India as a whole and to ensure that such resources as are available are utilised to the best possible advantage. If the Council is established, the provincial and central Governments might, at a later stage, when the form of the new constitution is settled, explore the possibility of concentrating their efforts in a Bureau attached to the Council. Even if no such step is taken, the Council might be able to advise regarding the collection of statistics. If a Statistics Act were passed, as we have proposed, the Council should be in a position to scrutinise proposals for the grant of mandates to investigating officers for the collection of statistics, and it might also be able to make suggestions regarding the form in which statistics might be collected.