Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
For the control of recruitment some system of registration is essential. We recommend that, in maintaining the registers, the Shipping Masters
should be authorised to exclude from them all seamen who have not been in employment for three years, and that, to begin with, a seaman should be struck off the register automatically on the expiry of three years from his last discharge. We have suggested this comparatively long period in order to avoid undue hardship to men who, through no fault of their own but owing to the existing system, have been out of employment for a long time. But the period should be steadily reduced year by year. The rate of reduction should depend on a constant review of the position, but we suggest the possibility of reducing the period by 6 months each year until it has reached 18 months. This would involve for the first year keeping seamen on the register who have not been three years out of employment: during the second year the register would be restricted to seamen who have not been more than 2 1/2 years out of employment during the third year to those who have not been 2 years out of employment and from the fourth year to those who have not been more than 18 months unemployed.