Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
The periodical statistics to which we have referred are designed mainly for administrative purposes and throw little light on the economic position of the worker. Even if they were supplemented in respect of wages in the manner we have suggested, they could not take the place of regular statistics of earnings and of the worker's expenditure. We have already referred to the limited information available in respect of the standard of living of the industrial classes, and we have stressed the importance of taking steps to remedy the present deficiency. There seems to be an impression in some quarters that the collection of such statistics is a luxury in which only rich countries or provinces should indulge. This, in our view, is a, profound error. It is on facts that policy must be built, and so long as there is uncertainty as to the facts, there must be confusion and conflict regarding the aim. The absence of accurate statistics regarding the life of the workers constitutes a serious handicap to intelligent efforts to better their condition.