Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
Many of the recommendations and suggestions contained in this Report must, if adopted, ultimately result in increased working costs, unless economies are effected in other directions. On some railways the cumulative effect will be more serious than on others more favourably placed as regards traffic and working facilities. Working expenses and staff costs have already materially increased and the recent falling off in traffic receipts will make this still more apparent. In India cheap transit has always been and must continue to be recognised as a necessity. From a study of the statements at our disposal we are satisfied that in various branches economies can be effected which will go a long way to meet the increased expenditure to be incurred in other directions. There is room for greater individual effort and, with continued attention to working conditions, there is no reason why improved organisation and increased efficiency should not permit of most of our recommendations being carried out in the near future. The fall in prices has already increased the purchasing power of wages and, with increased earning capacity, we believe that workers on Indian railways will realise and respond to the need for greater efficiency. There will be difficulties to overcome and occasions when patient consideration and negotiation will be necessary; but, with goodwill and common effort, we believe that all concerned in the development of Indian railways will benefit from a general acceptance of the principles indicated in this Report.