New Delhi, Oct 31 : In addition to being information gatekeepers and enablers, Indian Information Service officers play a versatile role in not only dissemination of information but also in checking its veracity and collating it for a meaningful purpose, said President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday.
''As officers of Indian Information Service, they play a versatile role in not only dissemination of information but also in checking its veracity and collating it for a meaningful purpose,'' Mr Kovind said in his address to the group of officer trainees of the Indian Information Service (2018 batch) who called on him at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The President said in this era of dumbing down of information, the IIS officers need to emerge as providers of positive information, that is, information which is useful and relevant for people and society. This is in addition to their role as Information GateKeepers and Information Enablers, he added.
Mr Kovind said through public outreach and communication, IIS officers can educate people about different welfare schemes and policies. All of them have the skills and ability to make these welfare schemes and policies comprehensible, relevant, real and actionable for the people at the last mile.Thus, they play an important role in ensuring people’s participation which is most critical to the success of any programme.
The President urged IIS officers to develop strong professional networks with the media community, so that they can disseminate correct information concerning issues of public importance and check misinformation. He said that by doing so they would be able to ensure that the government’s outreach and communication with people shall remain relevant, timely, practical and effective.(UNI)