Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
The main object of the scheme was understood to be the elimination of the bribery which the Committee believed to exist on an extensive scale, and attention was concentrated on Calcutta where the abuses were said to be much more serious than in Bombay. From the start the scheme met with a large amount of opposition and criticism. The difficulties in the way of preparing a register were serious, and it was felt in many quarters that it would be impossible to restrict, in the manner contemplated by the Committee, the power of the serang over the selection of his own crew. After protracted discussion with the local Government and other interests, the Government of India appointed in 1924 an officer of the Mercantile Marine as Shipping Master to re-organise the Shipping Office at Calcutta, and instructed him to examine the question of the establishment of a recruitment bureau. They considered that it would be inadvisable to proceed further with the recommendations of the Committee until the Shipping Masters had gained some experience of the system of recruitment and had made some progress with the registration of seamen. At a later date an assistant to the Shipping Master was appointed at Bombay to deal with the question of recruitment.