Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
The qualities required in the first place are literacy, organising ability and a capacity for hard, constant and patient work. When men with these qualities are obtained, their training should be undertaken.
It is here that social workers, professional men and others anxious to assist the movement can render valuable service. The training should commence before the selected man leaves his employment; his readiness to undertake the necessary toil will afford a good test of his capacity for ultimate success. He should be assisted to improve his general education by directed reading, particularly in economics and social questions, including labour legislation and trade union history. In the larger centres it might be possible to start small study circles for groups of, say, 4 to 6 men. The Universities in the leading industrial centres could strengthen their contact with the industrial life of the country by assisting in this work with evening classes, and the larger trade unions should endeavour to assist. Simultaneously the prospective official should take as active a part in the work of the union as his ordinary work allows; his activity here will afford a good indication of his qualifications for a paid appointment.