Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
Passing to occupations which are not mentioned in the Act. the largest class whose inclusion we recommend consists of workers in organised plantations. The limit should be set at plantations employing not less than 50 persons on any one day, and our recommendation is limited to workers in tea, coffee and rubber plantations and plantations run by Government. We have not sufficient knowledge to judge of the extent to which it is desirable to include the employees of the larger agricultural employers and those employed in reserved forests, and in any case a discussion of this question would tend to take us outside our terms of reference; but the point deserves examination.
The development of motor transport on an organised scale has given rise to another class of workers whose inclusion is necessary. We recommend the inclusion of all persons engaged in the operation .and maintenance of mechanically propelled vehicles which are maintained for the transport of passengers or for commercial purposes.
We have already referred to outdoor constructional work. Here a further immediate extension is desirable, and we recommend the inclusion of workmen engaged in the construction, maintenance or demolition of canals, sewers, public roads, tunnels and aerial ropeways and pipe lines for the supply of gas, water or oil. Workers similarly employed in connection with dams, embankments or excavations should also be included: we suggest that at present a height (or depth) of 20 feet might be a suitable limit. Finally we recommend the inclusion of persons employed in connection with the generation and distribution of electrical energy.