National Commission on Labour (1967)||
We have already discussed the evolution of labour laws and voluntary arrangements covering different aspects of conditions of labour in the respective chapters. In the process, the machinery for their implementation, statutory or otherwise, has also been referred to. We now propose to bring together at one place those arrangements in the administrative set-up for which no specific recommendations have emerged earlier in the report. In a way, therefore, this chapter could be considered as a 'residuary legatee' for issues in labour administration.
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30.1 At an early stage of our inquiry the secretariat of the Commission drew up a working paper on 'Labour Administration', on the basis of replies received to the relevant portions of the questionnaire and the evidence recorded by the Commission till then on these and related matters. The paper posed several issues for which persons in charge of labour administration were required to find answers for consideration by us in framing recommendations Since the nature of response to. these issues differed for different regions, it was considered convenient to appoint four official Working Groups, one each for the States in the Eastern, Southern, Western and Northern regions of the country. The States covered by these regions were the same as those for the four Study Groups on Industrial Relations. Inter-relation between the two sets of working/study groups is. obvious. We added one more Working Group for comprehending problems of administration in regard to industries, 'the appropriate Government' for which is the Central Government. The reports of these five Working Groups, the Study Groups on Industrial Relations, the Study Group on Employment and Training which examined the working of Employment Exchange and Industrial Training Institutes and the Conference of Chief Inspectors of Factories convened by us which examined different aspects of working conditions, together with other evidence recorded by us have been used in reaching conclusions and framing recommendations included herein.