Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
In addition to the regular factory inspection staff, with which we have been dealing in the preceding paragraphs, there are many other officers who exercise powers as Inspectors of Factories. All District Magistrates are ex-officio inspectors. In addition, local Governments have empowered various other officers as inspectors, including a number of sub-divisional and other magistrates, and, more rarely, medical officers. On occasion, a few of these officials have displayed some energy in factory inspection. but, generally speaking, the amount of assistance given by them to factory administration has been small, and such work as they do is not always well directed. So far as non-technical officers are concerned. we believe that it it is generally a waste of time for them to attempt inspections in perennial factories. It is occasionally possible for them to save the time of a regular inspector by visits to small factories lying far from important lines of communication but ordinarily the adequate inspection of a perennial factory requires expert technical knowledge. On the other hand we consider that, if new methods are adopted, part-time officers could do most valuable work in connection with seasonal factories, and we develop this point in the chapter dealing with these. In the meantime, it is sufficient to observe that, in estimating the staff required for the inspection of perennial factories, the contribution that can be made by such officers must be ignored.