Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
In other important industrial provinces we should like to see offices of a similar character, but we doubt if this is possible in present circumstances. We recommend, therefore, for the present, the setting up of thorough enquiries into family budgets in Delhi, Madras, Cawnpore, Jamshedpur and a centre in the Jharia coalfield. Some work has been done in nearly all these centres, and cost of living indices are regularly published for the Bihar and Orissa centres, But these do not appear to rest on any adequate statistical basis, and in any case no reliable information regarding the standard of living is available to the public. The construction of reliable cost of living indices, which should be one result of the enquiries to advocate, would be of the greatest assistance to employers and Government in the provinces concerned. In Burma, Rangoon will probably offer a sufficient field for the Labour Statistics Bureau for some time but we would like to see an extension to the main oilfields as soon as circumstances permit. In the Punjab, we recommend that assistance be given by Government to the Board of Economic Enquiry to enable it to institute and direct investigations in the industrial field. The possibility of establishing a similar Board in the Central Provinces should be investigated.