Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
The last conference of Chief Inspectors of Factories convened by tile Central Government took place in 1924 under the chairmanship of the Member for Industries and Labour. Since then no conference, other than an informal one held in 1927 between the Chief Inspectors of the Bengal and Bombay Presidencies, appears to have taken place. The Factories Act applies to the whole of India and, with the present lack of co-ordination, methods of administration display differences which are not justified by conditions, while useful experience gained in dealing with a problem in one province is not made available for those facing it in another. We recommend that, in the interests of uniformity and efficiency of administration, biennial conferences of Chief Inspectors from all provinces should be convened and held under the auspices of the department dealing with labour in the Central Government. Such conferences should be equally valuable to the central and provincial Governments, not only in considering the adequacy of current legislation and the problems created by its enforcement, but also in matters such as the uniform compiling of statistical and other returns. With the extension of regulation, similar conferences of all grades of factory inspectors and of as many ex-officio inspectors as possible should be held at intervals of about two years in the different provinces. This would be of especial value where reliance must of necessity be placed to a considerable extent on part-time officers not working under the immediate control of the Chief Inspector, and where increasing regulation tends to result in an increasing decentralisation of administration.