"As per the information collected from office of the Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) that the disputes pending at the end of the year witnessed a decline in 2013-14 (-2.7 percent) as compared to an increase (5.7 percent) at the end of 2012-13," Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.
As many as 4,503 labour disputes were pending at the end of 2012-13 which was 5.7 percent higher than 4,261 pending at the end of 2011-12. The number labour disputes came down by 2.7 percent in 2013-14 to 4,382 in 2013-14, according to the written reply.
Meanwhile in a separate reply to Rajya Sabha, the Minister said that the number of women job seekers has increased to 1.65 crore in 2013 from 1.56 crore in 2012 and 1.36 crore in 2011 as per the government employment exchanges.
These exchanges helped about 59,000 women jobseekers to get a job in 2013 compared to about 68,000 in 2012 and 86,000 in 2011.
In another reply, the Minister said, "as per the information available from states/UTs, during the year 2014, 1,098 violations (of Child Labour Act) came to notice, 1,054 prosecutions were launched against the employers and there were 785 convictions."

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