ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Capital Territory Administration (ICTA) has planned to constitute a Volunteer Task Force for the residents of the federal capital.

They will liaise between the district administration and the city’s dwellers to offer better community service.

The role of volunteers in today’s modern society cannot be underestimated as they are necessary and helpful for a healthy community, a senior ICTA official said on Sunday, adding that different government departments across the country have adopted this strategy for socio-economic development.

Elaborating on the responsibilities of the Task Force, he said members would play a proactive role through participating in ICTA mass awareness campaigns.

The public could help the city administration in organising campaigns, seminars, workshops, conferences and festivals in the federal capital for public welfare.

He said the force members could also participate in electronic media shows, debates and discussions.

The members would be tasked with the responsibility of engaging the community through public relations and social networking, as well mobilising students in academic institutions.

The proposed areas that volunteers would work in include parks and recreation, youth and social services, education, environment/recycling, community and economic development, public health, safety and others, he maintained.

He said a volunteer manager would be deputed by ICTA who would be responsible for ensuring effective implementation and success of the programme.

He would ensure that the recruitment of volunteers based on their skills and interests would also be carried out for the day-to-day affairs of the ICTA Volunteers Task Force.

Campus ambassadors would be deployed at major educational institutions, which would act as an advocate of ICTA.

Besides, interest based groups would be created to supervise the campaigns launched by the Task Force.