Civil Services Day Current Affairs - 2020

April 21: Civil Services Day

Every year, India celebrates Civil Service Day on April 21. The main aim of celebrating the day is to motivate the efforts and works of civil servants.

Awards

On the Civil Service Day, India rewards various officers with Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Administration. The awards work as an inspiration to the civil servants.

The awards are presented in three categories. The category 1 that includes hill states and North Eastern States. The Category 2 includes 7 Union Territories. The Category 3 includes the rest of 18 states.

Why April 21?

Every year April 21 is celebrated as Civil Services Day. It was on this day in 1947, Shri Sardar Vallabhai Patel addressed the first batch probationers of Administrative Services. However, the day was celebrated for the first time in 2006.

Significance

According to Sardar Vallabhai Patel, Civil Servants are the backbone of Indian economy. They work tirelessly towards smooth functioning of public administration. Their responsibilities are towards executing the policies of the ruling party and not with the party itself.

Civil Services Day not being observed due to General Elections

The Civil Services Day 2019 was not observed on 21st April 2019 due to Lok Sabha elections. The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances has stated that the Civil Services Day will be celebrated once the new government takes over or may even consider clubbing this year’s celebrations with the next year’s programme.

Civil Services Day

Every year April 21st is observed as Civil Services Day since it was on this day Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, addressed the first batch of civil servants in Independent India at the Metcalf House where he referred to civil servants as the ‘steel frame of India’.

On Civil Services Day bureaucrats rededicate themselves to public service. On the occasion of the Civil Services Day, ‘Prime Minister Award for Excellence in Public Administration’  instituted with a view to acknowledge, recognise and reward the extraordinary and innovative work done by officers of Central and State Governments towards the welfare of common citizens will be bestowed on the civil servants.