Minister for Law, Justice and Human Rights T.B. Jayachandra on Sunday said that vacant posts in the judiciary will be filled soon after the proposed amendments to the Cadre and Recruitment (C and R) Rules are taken up in the next Cabinet meeting.

“Amendments to Cadre and Recruitment Rules has been pending for five years now and they will be cleared by the government at the earliest,” Mr. Jayachandra said at the seventh conference of the Karnataka State Judicial Department Employees Association (KSJDEA) here on Sunday.

After setting up 125 new courts, it was only logical for the government to provide them with the required manpower, he said.

The KSJDEA submitted a 45-point memorandum of demands to the Chief Justice of High Court of Karnataka D.H. Waghela. K.L. Manjunath and N. Kumar, High Court judges, L. Byrappa, president, Karnataka State Government Employees Association, and Mr. Jayachandra were present.

The memorandum includes a demand to make appointments to 2,734 sanctioned posts as the pendency of cases had enormously increased. The association has also sought the implementation of the various recommendations of the First National Judicial Pay Commission with regard to increments, allowances, recruitment and allied benefits. The memorandum included requests by the association to improve infrastructure in courts, the association members said. Mr. Waghela said that he was satisfied with the functioning of the judicial department in the State. He said that there is no fund crunch and steps will be taken to utilise the funds appropriately.

“The demands of the association will be met if the employees worked efficiently,” he said.

The conference saw talks by R. Kannan, sub-regional secretary, Public Services International, and L. Subramanya, director, Karnataka Judicial Academy.