Labour Investigation Committee (1946)||
The following summary table shows the monthly wages of different types of weavers in important centres of the Industry:—
Weavers Wages in Important Centres
|Master weavers||40 to 50||24 to 35||46 to 50||20 to 50|
|Adult weavers||15 to 28||12 to 19||10/8 to 46||20 to 50|
|Child weavers||••||1/4 to 5||8/ 8 to 8/9/|
These figures are not strictly comparable between centre and centre as the quality of the carpets manufactured at the different centres varies although at Amritsar and Srinagar on the one hand and at Gwalior and Mirzapur on the other, the qualities are more or less the same. It will be noticed that wages are the lowest in Srinagar. In Mirzapur, wages of certain classes of piece-workers such as spinners and sorters are paid by the Dukandars on demand. Normally, these workers keep on taking advances against their accounts which are closed monthly. The wages of weavers and clippers are generally paid on the completion of each individual carpet. The wages of other classes of workers such as designers are paid monthly. In respect of daily paid employees in some firms, the wage period is normally a month. At Amritsar wages are paid fortnightly. In Srinagar and Gwalior a considerable number of children of tender ages are employed. They do not get any remuneration in the initial stages but as they pick up the rudiments of the trade they receive about one to three annas per day. The Master-weavers who are piece-rated work in their own homes at Mirzapur and in the factory itself in the other centres.