Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
Boards of Health for industrial areas are no new conception. For years past similar bodies have been at work in the mining districts of Jharia and Asansol, and we have reason to believe that planters generally would welcome a controlling Board responsible for bringing the backward plantations up to the level of the more progressive, and for helping and advising individual managers in raising general health standards. It is interesting to note that in 1925 the Minister for Public Health introduced a measure in the Bengal Legislative Council for the control and sanitation of plantation areas in Bengal by means of a Tea Gardens Board of Health. The Bill did not pass into law, but it included many of the features we have in mind. The only other body which has taken any action regarding the formation of a controlling Board for plantations is the Anamalais Planters' Association. This area is a taluk of the Coimbatore District and, for some years past, the Planters' Association has made several attempts to obtain the sanction of Government for separation from Coimbatore and for the formation of a new organisation, complete in itself, which would exercise the functions of a local Board for the whole area.