Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
We turn now to the agencies responsible for administering the system of control. We have already indicated some objections to the present constitution of the Assam Labour Board, but it is not proposed to pursue this question in further detail, because we consider that the Board has outlived its usefulness and recommend its abolition. We recognise that the Board and its officers deserve a share of the credit for the great improvements which have taken place since its inception, but those improvements are due in large measure to the tea employers acting through their own principal recruiting organisation, the Tea Districts Labour Association. The Board, in fact, owes much of both its weakness and its strength to its affinity, through the bodies electing its members, with that Association. The Board, in addition, served a useful purpose during a period when reforms were being attempted, by providing a link between the industry and the central and provincial Governments. The main difficulty in the existing system is that the Board, which is responsible for the prevention of irregularities, exercises with provincial Governments an overlapping control in the recruiting areas, but has no authority after the emigrant has reached Assam.