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April 21: Civil Services Day

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has inaugurated 11th Civil Services Day programme. The Civil Services Day function is organised by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.

In this edition, awards will be given to five priority schemes, namely, “Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana”, “Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana”, “Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana”, “Start Up India/Stand Up India” and “e-National Agriculture Market (e-NAM)”. Totally, 10 districts would be awarded this year under the five priority schemes.

The awards will be given in three groups. The first group comprises of eight North-Eastern States and the three Hill States of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. The second group consists of the seven Union Territories and the third constitutes rest of the 18 states.

Besides, two awards would be given to Central/State organisations under Innovation category. Under this category, innovative work carried out by the Central/State Government organisations in defined themes such as environment conservation, disaster management, water conservation, energy, education, health, women and child-centric initiatives etc. would be taken into cognizance.

Civil Services Day

The National Civil Services Day is celebrated every year on April 21, when civil servants rededicate themselves to the cause of the citizens and renew their commitment to public service. On this day, the ‘Prime Minister Award for Excellence in Public Administration’ is presented in three categories. These awards were instituted in 2006. The awards have been instituted with a view to acknowledge, recognise and reward the extraordinary and innovative work done by officers of the Central and State Governments towards the welfare of common citizen. This day coincides with the date on which Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel had addressed the first batch of probationers at the All India Administrative Service Training School at Metcalfe House, New Delhi in 1947.

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Union Government notifies Public Servants Rules, 2014

The Union Government notified Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014.

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) under Union Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions notified the rules under Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013.

Under the new rules, it has been made mandatory for all Government employees to file declarations of their assets and liabilities and those of their spouses and dependent children.

As per Public Servants Rules, 2014

  • The Government will issue new forms that will seek information on cash in hand, bank deposits, investment in bonds, debentures, shares and units in companies or mutual funds, insurance policies, provident fund, personal loans and advance given to a person or any entity, among others.
  • The employees will have to declare motor vehicles, aircraft, yachts or ships, gold and silver jewellery and bullion possessed by them, their spouses and dependent children.
  • The employees will have to furnish detail of their immovable properties and statement of debts and other liabilities on first appointment or as on March 31 of every financial year.
  • These declarations are in addition to such returns being filed by the government employees under various services rules.
  • The employees, who have already filed their declarations, information and annual returns of property, shall file revised declarations as on 1 August 2014, to the competent authority on or before 15 September 15 2014.
  • The competent authority may exempt a public servant from filing the information in respect of any asset if its value does not exceed his or her 4 months basic pay or Rs 2 lakh, whichever is higher.

The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013:
As per the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act 2013 which received President’s assent January 1, 2014, a Lokpal for the Union as well as Lokayuktas for the States will be established in order to inquire the corruption charges against Government officials.

As per this Act, a public servant shall furnish to the competent authority the information relating to the assets of which he, his spouse and his dependent children, jointly or severally, own. The Act also makes it mandatory for a government servant to declare his liabilities and that of his spouse and his dependent children, as per the Act.

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