Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
Although the majority of witnesses assured us that industrial disease was seldom brought to their notice, we are satisfied that further investigation is necessary. We anticipate that here, as in other countries, when skilled observers are set to work, the usual diseases associated with industry will be found to exist, their non-detection possibly being due to the fact that they are either never seen by a medical man or, if seen, pass unrecognised and undetected. It is difficult to believe, for instance, that cases of anthrax never occur among workers in leather, hides and skins when the anthrax bacillus has not infrequently been found in tanneries and in parcels of hides prepared for export. In another chapter we suggest additions to the list of industrial diseases scheduled in the Workmen's Compensation Act.
This Act is of use from the preventive side, as it not infrequently brings to light conditions whose-causation and prevention require investigation. Whilst recognising that compulsory notification of industrial disease is the best method, we consider that the time for its introduction in India has not yet arrived, and we recommend that the medical inspectors of factories and mines, whose appointment has been suggested elsewhere, should be instructed' to devote special attention to the subject.