HC Deb 15 March 1900 vol 80 c921

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether he will specify the various forms of employment provided at the famine relief works; and, whether he can state approximately the number of persons employed on breaking metal for roads, on excavating tanks, and on constructing embankments for railways.


The hon. Member has mentioned, in the latter part of his question, the principal forms of employment provided for those who need relief in the famine districts; namely, the construction of roads, of irrigation works, and of railways. Under each of these heads many different kinds of labour are comprised, and the object of the authorities is, as far as possible, to adapt the work to the habits and capacities of the workers; but I cannot give a complete statement either as to the nature of these various employments, or as to the number of persons employed upon each of them.