Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
Owing to financial depression in the coal industry, the Boards of Health have unfortunately found it impossible to insist upon close adherence to the standards laid down in their bye-laws. The Jharia Board, for example, has granted moratoria annually since 1926, so that since that date the carrying out of definite programmes has been: a abeyance. Standard specifications, however, have been adhered to in the case of new construction and also in the reconditioning of houses which have fallen into such a state of disrepair as to require rebuilding. The complicated system in force in the Jharia area of issuing licence forms of different colours for different grades of housing accommodation, in our opinion, should be abolished forthwith. We believe that the system is overweighted with forms, and at least some of these licences have been used for the purpose of postponing urgently required improvements. Even during the moratorium, regular programmes of construction and reconstruction have been carried out on some collieries, so that the immediate cancellation of some of these licences would compel the more backward ones to take early cognisance of the defective accommodation provided for their employees.