National Civil Services Day

On the 21st of April every year, National Civil Services Day is observed to acknowledge the work of all the officers across the country who are engaged in various public service departments. This day also acts as a reminder to the civil servants to run the administration of the nation with the dedication to serving the citizens.

History of this day

This date was chosen to commemorate the day when Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Independent India’s first Home Minister, in 1947 addressed the probationers of Administrative Services Officers at Delhi’s Metcalf House in Delhi. Civil servants were referred to as the ‘steel frame of India’ by him as they act as the supporting pillars of the country’s administrative system. On 21 April 2006, the first such function was held in New Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan and since then this day has been celebrated as National Civil Service Day. Father of Indian Civil Service title has been given to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

About the Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Administration

On the Civil Services Day, this award is awarded to the districts/implementing units for innovation categories and priority programme implementation. These awards bring together the civil workers from across the nation to learn about the best practices in the field of public grievances that are being implemented across India and also to connect among themselves.

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