Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
We do not intend to imply that. malnutrition does not exist or that improvement is unnecessary. Indeed we believe that much larger supplies of fresh milk, ghi and vegetables are a vital need for the labour forces resident on the plantations, if their general health is to be improved. In order to obtain the first, suitable land for the grazing of cows should be set apart on each plantation, as is already done on many gardens. As regards the second, the suggestion has been made that estate managements might with advantage lay out vegetable gardens from which fresh supplies could be obtained. Alternatively, where separate plot- of land attached to the individual workers' houses are not feasible, an area should be set aside on each estate for allotments which the labourers themselves could cultivate. Where possible, a more generous allocation to them of land for grazing and for cultivation would not only effect improvements in their health by providing the necessary animal fats and vitamins, but would also promote a spirit of contentment in a people actuated by a deep inborn love of land.