Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
The engineering department gives employment to the largest single class of labour, namely, gangmen who are largely unskilled and consist mainly of hereditary agriculturalists with a decided preference for agricultural work. As a result, being generally recruited locally, they are inclined to absent themselves at sowing and harvest seasons in order to work on the land. They are engaged by the permanent way inspectors who also appoint the semi-skilled workers. The skilled artisans are partly recruited by these inspectors or by works subordinates concerned. We recommend that proper registers be kept of all workers appointed to this department and that inspectors and other officers concerned should be required to report appointments and dismissals without delay for entry in the registers. These registers should be regularly examined by administrative and personnel officers with a view to ascertaining whether the labour turnover is larger than it should be and, if so, to taking immediate steps to remove the causes.