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.