Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
These considerations appear to be fully appreciated already, for the witnesses who appeared before us were overwhelmingly in favour of central legislation. We met none among Government officials, representatives of employers or representatives of labour who favoured the withdrawal of the power to legislate in respect of labour matters from the Central Legislature. While it was not suggested that provincial legislatures should he deprived of any power which they now possess, the view is widely held that legislation on an all-India scale is ordinarily preferable. We observe that the Reports of the All-Parties Conference of 1928, of the Indian Statutory Commission and of the Federal Structure sub-Committee of the Indian Round Table Conference all contemplate central labour legislation. We also are convinced that the objections to the complete provincialisation of labour legislation are so great that every effort should be directed towards avoiding this course.