Labour Investigation Committee (1946)||
(An Extract from the Recommendations on Labour Matters of Mill-owners' Association, Bombay.)
1. The object of the 'Badli Control System' is the decasualisation of badli labour so that badlis will get attached to each mill and obtain more regular employment. A large number of badli is of no advantage to any one except the Jobber. On the other hand, an enormous labour turnover is a great loss to the mill. In addition the large amount of casual labour is a constant source of labour trouble. In order to improve the efficiency in the mills and minimise the discontent it is necessary to introduce some form of badli control. This could be achieved even if absenteeism which of course, leads to the employment of badlis, was not reduced. The more important points of the 'Badli Control System are :
(1) Special badli cards should be given to all badlis working in a mill on a particular day.
(2) Instructions in Marathi should be printed on the back of the badli card describing the rights and duties of badlis.
(3) On the following day after the cards have been introduced, any badli having a card should be given preferential employment for available vacancies. A badli cardholder should be employed on a similar occupation under any Jobber in the same department in preference to a new badli.
(4) Only after the number of badlis with cards wanting employment has been exhausted, should new badlis be employed. These should be given fresh badli cards.
This system should go on from day to day and month to month. At the beginning of a new month, fresh cards should be given to the same badlis, and their old cards recovered from them.
(5) In order to ensure that the badlis who have got cards attend mill regularly for employment from day to day, Heads of Departments should initial the cards of badlis on each day that they amended the mill but could not get work. The Heads of Departments should initial the cards before the badlis are allowed to leave the mill premises.
(6) In order to ensure that the system is being worked in a satisfactory way it is necessary to employ a time-keeper or a ticket boy to wait. at the mill gate for an hour or so after starting time to record the number of badlis with cards leaving the mill without employment from different departments so that when fresh badli cards are demanded from new badlis on any day the Heads of the Departments will be able to check up whether new men were being engaged in preference to badlis with cards.
(7) Where the mills find that badlis do not turn up regularly from day to day their cards should be cancelled. A previous warning should, however, be given and badlis should also be Informed that efforts are being made to give then continuous work. Where badlis carrying a badlis pass do not get work they have to get their cards initiated by the Head of the Department concerned before leaving the mill.
(8) Efforts should also be made by Managers and Departmental Heads to see that before a man is engaged on a permanent basis he has worked as a badli for several months and has had badli cards regularly during that period.
(9) Managers would find it useful to have statements made from time to time of the number of badlis engaged in each major departments to watch how the system is progressing.
(10) Mills should compile the 'badli return' and send it to the Association every month in order to find out whether the 'Badli Control System' is working satisfactorily or not.
(11) A separate register containing the* names of all badlis should be maintained. On the first day of each month the names of all badli workers who have been given badli cards should be entered up serially in this register for each of the major departments. The day to day attendance of all the badli card holders should be noted. If a badli obtains work then his departmental ticket number for the day should be entered up against his name in the date column. If he came to the mills but did not get work, he should be marked present and if he did not call at the mill at all, he should be marked absent.
By entering up these details of attendance for each badli worker separately in a separate register, the Heads of the Departments would be able to maintain a check on engagements and on the issue of cards to men who attend regularly.
(12) Revision of the Substitute Card.A revised form of the Substi-tute Card has been recommended for adoption by mills. Four additional headings have been suggested for inclusion in the Substitute Card. They are :
(a) Date of engagement as badliHere insert the date on which the badli card holder was first engaged as a badli in your mill. This would help to ascertain the length of service of a badli from his card.
(c) Remarks regarding Attendance and (d) regarding Efficiency. The information should be filled up from month to month at the time of issuing the Badli Card.
(13) Engagement of Badlis Preferential treatment should be given to workers who were thrown oat of employment on account of curtailment of night shift work and who hold service certificates for badli work.