"The importance of sound economic advice in the policy arena in today's complex world is being increasingly realised," the president said.
He was interacting with a group of 29 officer trainees of the 2013 batch of the Indian Economic Service who called on him at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
Mukherjee said the officers of the Indian Economic Service serve as a key instrument in advising policy makers and planners and setting the future destiny of the country.
The president said he had a firm belief in the strong resilience of the Indian economy. "It had withstood many a crises due to the contribution, among others, of farmers, industrial workers and policy makers."