National Commission on Labour (1967)||
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31.45 We now describe in brief the arrangements for keeping the public informed about developments in the field of labour. As in other cases, such arrangements for publicising labour statistics and research studies centre round institutions/organisations which publish their own reports or bring out periodicals. To some extent, the Labour Bureau acts as a central clearing house in this matter through its own publications like the Indian Labour Journal (monthly), the Indian Labour Statistics (annual), and the Indian Labour Year Book (annual), apart from the annual reports on the working of different labour enactments. The Department of Labour and Employment places every year its annual report before Parliament; and so do the Labour Departments of States before the State Legislatures. These
contain an account of important events during the period they cover. Many State Governments publish monthly Labour Gazettes or Bulletins;
some of these are in regional languages, e.g., the Shramik (Hindi) in Bihar, the Shramdeep (Gujarati) in Gujarat, the Shramjivi (Hindi) in U.P., the Shramik (Oriya), in Orissa and the Shram Patrika (Hindi) in Delhi. Newspapers and periodicals publish in popular form research articles on subjects of topical interest. Central organisations of employers and workers use circulars, newsletters, journals and periodicals for the purpose of communicating their views and activities to their members and to the public. Some research institutions have their own journals. Seminars and conferences are held to focus attention on specific labour problems and their conclusions are publicised. Apart from the special notice
taken by newspapers through their editorials on many occasions, other mass media like radio and television have played the role of educating the public on matters of interest to labour. Because of the development of labour law in the country, journals, solely devoted to case law in labour matters, are also in demand.
We note with satisfaction that since Independence the avenues for understanding issues involved in labour matters through statistics and research are improving constantly. We are aware that forcing the pace in this regard would result in loss of quality. We hope that labour intelligence will develop on its own in response to the changing situation and therefore make no special recommendation in this regard.