appointed as workers' representative on the said Board. Shri Vasa-vada also worked as a member on the Textile Labour Enquiry Committee appointed by the Central Government.
Textile Technicians' Union Formed:
For the first time, the Technicians of the Textile Industry in Ahmedabad were organised under the leadership of the Textile Labour Association, and they formed their own Union. The Union enabled them to get their salary grades standardised, and secured the benefits of Provident Fund, Gratuity, Leave etc., by- an agreement with the Ahmedabad Millowners' Association.
Appointment of Bonus Commission:
\ There was severe discontent over the issue of Bonus which agitated the minds of the workers. Ultimately, it resulted in the appointment of the Bonus Commission on which S. R. Vasavada was also appointed as one of its Members.
D. A. on New Consumers Price Index:
Ahmedabad workers made a demand, -in 1964, for payment
^of deamess allowance on the basis of the new -consumers' price index number published by the Labour Bureau, Simla. The case was referred!- to the Industrial Court which gave its award in , favour of the workers. 'The Ahmedabad Millowners' Association
"filed an appeal before the Supreme Coifrt of India wSich was, however, rejected. Thus justice was done to the workers.
Benefits of Gratuity, E.S.I. Scheme, Casual Leave and Wage-Rise:
Gratuity—a major step towards social security was gained by the award of the Industrial Court and confirmed by the Supreme Court. Another measure of social security, i.e., the Employees' State Insurance Scheme was also inaugurated in the year 1964 in ; Ahmedabad. The Scheme covered a total number of 2,25,000 industrial workers as well as thew family members. It was implemented in AhaiieAabad ivery late because, workers of Ahmedabad ;
desired that the. Scheme should include their family members ;
vSjMfri, with worker members. •
There was another fringe benefit by which the worltert ^gained an the form of casual leave of 7 days with full wages per year by an award of 1967.
All these benefits secured by the workers really made them conscious of their responsibilities towards the industry as well as to the society.