Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
In respect of mines a full annual report is prepared by the Chief Inspector of Mines and published by the Government of India. The report and the statistics which accompany it deal both with production and with labour and the particular feature of both parts of the publication is the attention given to accidents and their causes. The statistical information, which in respect of labour gives particulars similar to those supplied by the factories returns, is compiled from returns statutorily required under the Coal Mines Regulations and the Metalliferous Mines Regulations issued in 1926. Under the Mining Regulations particulars have also to be furnished regarding earnings and the Chief Inspector of Mines publishes statistics based on these returns. As in the case of factories, it is desirable that figures if possible should be obtained annually which would give some indication of the total number of persons employed in the coal mines. Such figures would be particularly useful where there is a great difference between this number and the average number employed. We recommend that the question of securing such figures be examined. As we have already indicated, the present statistics, particularly in respect of coal mines, give no indication of the total number of persons employed wholly or part-time.