Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
We turn now to the consideration of the distribution of hours throughout the day. The present requirements of the law ordinarily involve the grant of an interval of an hour. For this two half-hours may be substituted at the request of the operatives, and where in factories the working day is not more than 8 1/2 hours, and the operatives so desire the local Government can permit men, but not women, to have only one half-hour's interval. Not more than 6 hours' work can be done continuously if an hour's interval is given and not more than 5 hours' work in other cases. The only remaining restriction on the distribution of the hours of work for adults is designed to prevent the night work of women, and precludes their employment between 7 P.M. and 5-30 A.M.; these times can be varied somewhat by the local Government so long as the gap of 10 1/2 hours between the two is retained.