Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
We recommend a somewhat similar appointment for the Central Government. The Government of India retain expert advisers in what are primarily provincial subjects such as education and public health, but they have no such officer in respect of labour matters, for which they have a considerable measure of direct responsibility. Whatever the allocation of subjects in future, we believe that the Government of India will retain some measure of responsibility for labour. They are likely to remain by far the largest employers of labour in India, and have responsibilities in the minor provinces.
A Labour Commissioner, in addition to his other duties, could assume responsibility (under the heads of the administration) for the enforcement of labour laws in these provinces. If the responsibility of the Government of India for the direct administration of labour matters is diminished, it would be possible to give secretariat duties to the Labour Commissioner, and his post could thus be similar to that of the Educational Commissioner with the Government of India. Here, as in the provinces, much of the work that would fall on the Labour Commissioner is already discharged by other agencies, and the creation of the appointment should set free the time of other officers for other duties. Additional staff, however, would be required for the statistical work. The central and provincial Commisioners should be able to travel about and should be encouraged to do so.