Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
The present scales of compensation may be briefly summarised. For temporary disablement the scale is based on half the rate of wages, the waiting period is fixed at 10 days and the maximum period of payment at 5 years. For complete permanent disablement the sum payable is 42 months' wages; and for partial permanent disablement compensation is fixed at fractions of this amount corresponding to the loss of earning capacity, that loss being arbitrarily fixed for certain injuries by a schedule on the American model. For death the compensation is 30 months' wages. These scales apply to adults; for minors the compensation for temporary disablement is at the rate of two-thirds wages up to 15 years of age and full wages thereafter, and for permanent disablement the number of months' wages is double that prescribed for adults. For death in the case of minors a fixed small sum is payable, irrespective of wages. All the other payments which are regulated by wages, are subject to minima and maxima. In the case of the death of adults and all permanent disablement the maximum corresponds to a wage level of roughly Rs. 83 per mensem, and in the case of temporary disablement to a wage level of Rs. 60, i.e., the receipt of wages in excess of those sums does not add to the compensation. The minimum in all oases (except the death of minors) corresponds to a wage of Rs. 9. The amounts are rounded by means of a schedule of assumed wages, which has the effect of dividing workmen into 14 classes; all workmen in the same class get compensation on the same scale.