Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
We do not claim to have prescribed in this chapter for all the evils associated with housing in the crowded urban and industrial areas, but we believe that, by a combination of the methods we have discussed, many of the worst features now in existence could be greatly improved or even eliminated. There can be no doubt that action is urgently necessary to counteract the serious effect on the health of the workers for which present conditions are responsible. Evidence is not lacking that part of the labour unrest which has characterised industrial development during recent years is due to the realisation, however vague, on the part of the worker that his standard of living is too low and that he can never hope to raise that standard until his home provides him with a degree of comfort which is at present beyond his reach. This awakening sense might well be used to give him a truer understanding of what can be done to place him in more sanitary surroundings and what he can himself do to further that end. Much thought, energy and money will have to be expended before an appreciable advance can be effected, but of the urgent necessity for such advance there can be no question and every humanitarian instinct should compel a united and continuous effort to that end.