National Civil Services Day: History and why it is celebrated on 21 April

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National Civil Services Day – Civil Services refer to the public administration of the government, run by the highly qualified appointed professionals, whose appointment does not gets affected by the change in the political leadership of the country. The services does not include legislative, judiciary and military personnel.

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When National Civil Services Day is celebrated?

Every year, National Civil Services Day is celebrated on 21 April.

Know why 21 April is celebrated as National Civil Services Day?

Civil Services Day is the day when civil servants re-dedicate themselves to the citizens as also renew their commitment to serving the public. This date (21 April) was chosen to celebrate the day as it was on this day that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, first Home Minister of India, addressed the very first batch of Administrative Services Probationary Officers in 1947 at Metcalf House, Delhi, referring them as the ‘steel frame of India’.

Civil Services in India comprise of Indian Police Services (IPS), Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Indian Foreign Services (IFS) and list of All India Services and Central Services Group A and Group B. Also, on this day Civil Services people make plans for the coming year and discuss how will they work in their respective departments.

On the day of Civil Services Day, commons problems going on in all parts of the country are discussed. The development work done by the officers throughout the year is also appreciated and Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Administration are given.

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The objective behind celebrating National Civil Services Day:

  • The main objective to celebrate National Civil Services Day is to motivate and appreciate the work of Civil Service officers.
  • On this day, the Central Government assesses the work of various departments under the civil services.
  • On this day, awards to the best working individuals and groups are given by the Prime Minister of India.

Civil Servants have a very important role to play in smooth functioning of the various Policies and Programs created by the government from time-to-time. As they are always appointed on merit and not elected, hence they ensure that even when there is a change in political leadership or portfolio changes in the elected leaders, the citizens of India do not have to go through any hardships and the works go on smoothly.

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