New Delhi, Feb 13 (PTI) Asking Indian Information Service officers to adopt and adapt to modern technology, Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore highlighted the importance of his ministry in government, a statement from the ministry said Wednesday.

Speaking at the inaugural session of the First Annual Conference of Media Units working under the I&B Ministry, Rathore exhorted IIS officers to work with mission orientation in order to excel further in their work.

He also focussed on the need to use new age tools in the ever-evolving communication paradigm.

“The minister said that the litmus test of the work of media units is in reaching out to the grassroot level, while also highlighting the criticality of using regional languages in government communication,” the statement said.

During the conference, the performance of the media units was reviewed. The focus of the conference was on ensuring synergy between the media units in their day-to-day functioning. Discussions on using modern technological tools for communication was also done during the course of conference.

The minister also appreciated the recent decision of the I&B Ministry to introduce foreign training component for IIS probationers, while stressing the need to continuously work towards improving training both at induction level and in-service level.

The conference was attended by over 125 Officers from across the country working in various media units of the ministry.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.