Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
The first necessity for the enforcement of proper hours is a satisfactory system of registration, for which forms are prescribed in the rules made by local Governments. Prior to 1929 the form left much to be desired, and in the salt mines of the Punjab and the manganese mines of the Central Provinces we found practically no check on hours.
In the coalfields a new form of register, showing daily hours, had been introduced shortly before our visit. At that time some of the clerks were not keeping this register properly. The register appeared adequate for the purpose and if accurately kept should provide a reliable basis for checking the observance of the law as well as the necessary safety record of the number of men underground at any given moment. We think that the personal responsibility of managers for the accuracy of these registers should be impressed upon them and that, for a time at least. the special attention of the inspectorate should be given to checking them. We recommend that now registers, in the same form as those in use for coal mines, or with such modifications as may be found necessary to meet varying circumstances, be prescribed for all mines under the Act.