Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
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The new law should be limited to the control of assisted emigration and, in respect of the definition of both " assistance "and " emigrant ", there should be modifications of the present system. First, " emigrant " should be so defined as to exclude any person who has been employed within the preceding twelve months in any capacity in Assam. It is entirely wrong to treat, the tea garden labourer who wishes to return to Assam after visiting his own country as a new recruit, as the present law requires. Provision will probably be necessary for the grant of certificates by employers to labourers intending to return. Secondly, under the new law it should not be possible to place restrictions on mere persuasion and propaganda. The law should be designed to regulate merely assisted recruitment, and assistance should be defined so as to include nothing more than the giving of tangible assistance (i.e., money or some concession having a monetary value) in order to induce a person to emigrate. Misrepresentation which results in emigration will, of course, remain punishable under the ordinary criminal law. Further, we propose later to provide an important additional safeguard against misrepresentation by securing that the emigrant who is recruited by such means be repatriated without delay at the employer's expense.