The Uttarakhand government on Tuesday decided to fill nearly 12000 posts of class-III employees lying vacant at various departments besides recruiting 490 instructors in ITIs for starting market-driven courses.

A decision to this effect was taken during a cabinet meeting presided by Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Chief Secretary N. S. Napalchayal told reporters here.

The government made it mandatory for candidates to be registered with local employment exchanges for applying to the class-III posts. The candidates would be asked questions related to local customs, culture and geographical conditions to give preference to locals.

It also decided to introduce eight market—oriented courses in the ITIs. A total of 490 instructors would soon be recruited for this purpose, Mr. Napalchayal said.