Labour Investigation Committee (1946)||
The Royal Commission discussed the question of indebtedness of industrial workers at considerable length in the Report (pp. 224-42) and also suggested various remedies for the mitigation, if not the total eradication of this evil. The action taken by the Central and Provincial Governments on their recommendations on the subject has been separately described in the Chapter dealing with Labour Legislation. The Commission complained of the want of reliable statistics on the subject. In the course of our present investigations, however, special effort were made especially by one of us (Dr. Mukhtar) to collect data on the subject in certain industries. A part from this, information of a factual character has been available in some of our ad hoc reports which has been utilised. We have also drawn liberally upon the data which are being collected at present by the Government of India in the course of their Family Budget enquiries. We shall first of all deal with the information collected for gur ad hoc. surveys and supplement it with other available date on the subject of the indebtedness of the industrial worker.