Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
After our. appointment, we prepared a list of subjects on which we particularly desired information, and arranged for its despatch, with a short covering letter, to those bodies and individuals who appealed likely to be in a position to provide information of value, inviting them to send memoranda. The letter and the list will be found in an Appendix to this Report. Thereafter we assembled at Bombay on 11th October 1929, and began our public sessions at Karachi four days later. Between that date and 22nd March 1930, the Commission was continuously on tour and visited all the eight major provinces of British India (excluding Burma), and Delhi, Ajmer-Merwara and Coorg. During the course of this tour we held 107 public sessions at 37 different places, which included all the leading industrial centres in India proper. We met again in London on 3rd June 1930, and between that date and 13th August 1930 we held there 24 sessions for recording evidence and for the consideration of the material then in our hands. Thereafter we left England for Burma, spending on the way 4 days in Ceylon for the purpose of gaining certain information relating to conditions in plantations in that island. We reached Burma on 19th October 1930 and, after a tour there, sailed for India on 11th November 1930. We met again in Delhi for the preparation of this Report. Prefaced to it is a sketch map of our tours, which extended to 16, 000 miles, exclusive of the journeys between London and Bombay and Colombo. In the course of our enquiry we held in all 128 public sittings for the examination of witnesses and 71 private sessions.