Addressing a group of trainee officers of the IIS of 2011, 2012 and 2013 batches at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, Mukherjee said the officers were a ‘crucial link’ between people and the government as they circulated information about policies and programmes to the masses.

"In this age, when there is uninterrupted flow of information, the IIS officers should analyze and critically appraise information before it reaches the policymakers so that it can serve as an important ingredient for the policy formation," said the President.

Acknowledging the ‘mind-boggling’ pace of change in the field of information technology and social media, Mukherjee advised the officers to ‘continuously upgrade their skills’ in order to match the ‘revolutionary changes in technology’ so as to best use them in the service of the nation.

(Agencies)

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