Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
Indian seamen have hitherto failed to secure the benefit of the provisions of the Indian Merchant Shipping Act relating to the allotment of wages. Under this Act, a seaman may allot, by means of a stipulation in the articles of agreement, any portion of his wages not exceeding one-third to a relative or a member of his family. We were informed that this provision had been little used, and the Shipping Master at Calcutta stated that he had not yet issued a single allotment note in favour of Indian seamen. As far as we can gather, no effort has been made to encourage seamen to take advantage of a provision which was intended for their benefit. We recommend that, as far as possible, seamen should be informed of the existence of this arrangement and encouraged by Shipping Masters to make more extensive use of it. Further, as the home of the Indian seaman is usually at some considerable distance from the port of recruitment, we recommend that the amount of the allotment should be remitted regularly by the Shipping Office by means of money orders to the name and address of the person named in the allotment note. We also recommend that the maximum limit of allotment should be raised to two-thirds of the wages of the seaman.