Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
From the administrative point of view, any large extension of a system of recurring payments would introduce serious complications. In most cases long distances separate the recipients from the source of the money, and there is no doubt that hitherto the working of the Act has been greatly facilitated by the stress which it lays on lump-sum payments. The question of administration is one to which great importance must be attached; particularly if a large number of fresh workmen are to be brought within the scope of the Act. Quite apart from the administrative difficulty and expense of transferring a series of small sums from industrial areas to distant villages, often in different provinces, the recipients of such sums would probably be subjected in many cases to serious inconvenience, if not harassment, while there is a distinct danger that the sums might not reach them without some deduction. Both from the point of view of those entitled to compensation and of the administration, we consider that it would be unwise to alter the existing system. There is no great objection to giving Commissioners the same powers of investment, etc., of money due to men as they at present possess in the case of women and children, but such a change is certainly not desired by workmen and we do not recommend it.