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National Civil Services Day: Honoring day to the steel frame of India

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Every year on April 21, the National Civil service day is observed across India. The Civil service day is an occasion for the civil servants to rededicate and recommit themselves to the cause of citizens. It’s a day to renew their commitments to public service and excellence in work.

The Indian Civil Service consists of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and a detailed list of All India Services and Central Services Classes A and B. April 21 is dedicated to the civil servants to celebrate their outstanding work and to look back on what they have done and what all they have to do in coming years.

Why April 21 is celebrated as National Civil Service Day

On April 21, 1947, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, First Home Minister of Independent India addressed the probationary officers of All India Administrative Services at Metcalfe House, Delhi. He in his powerful speech empowered the civil servants and referred them as “steel Frame of India”. In 2006, the first time such kind of function was held in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on 21 April.

How Civil Service Day is celebrated?

On this day, all officials of the central and state governments are honored for excellence in public administration. The ‘PM Award for Excellence in Public Administration’ is presented in three categories. Under this scheme of awards established in 2006, all officers are eligible, either individually or as a group or as an entity. The function is organized by the Department of the Administrative Reforms and Public grievances (DARPG) and Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions. The awards are given to honoring, and rewarding the excellent and creative work of the Central and State Officers.

Information source: https://darpg.gov.in/relatedlinks/civil-services-day

Seema Jain

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