Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
Our conclusion then is that the prevalence of a monthly period of payment is not in the best interests of the employees. We recommend the general adoption of a system of weekly payments in the belief that it will have important effects on both welfare and efficiency. The advantages to be gained are, in our view, so obvious and definite that the State would be justified in intervening to enforce the general adoption of weekly payments if this could be secured without an unreasonable amount of dislocation to industry. At the same time, we are alive to the advisability of proceeding gradually in matters of this kind. There has previously been no attempt in India to regulate the period of wage payment, and it is quite possible that even if the assent of employers is secured the opposition of the jobbers and others who are interested in perpetuating the present system may have serious results. While we would urge on employers everywhere the adoption of the system of weekly payments, we are not prepared to advocate their general enforcement by Government at the present time. It is better to take a preliminary step in that direction in the hope that the wise employers will themselves go much further than the law demands and the others may at a later date be convinced by the results secured.