Civil Service Day: History, Significance, Objective

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Mar 1, 2022, 12:45

National Civil Service Day is celebrated on April 21 every year. India's civil workers are honoured for their contributions and hard work in public administration on Civil Services Day. In the year 2006, the inaugural National Civil Service Day was observed.

Civil Service Day History

The Indian government designated April 21 as National Civil Service Day. Since it was in 1947, the country's first home minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, addressed the newly recruited Administrative Services Officers. The momentous event took place in Delhi's Metcalfe House. Civil servants have been referred to as the "steel frame of India," or the backbone of the country's administration, by Sardar Patel. In his speech, Sardar Patel outlined the golden norms and principles of good governance for city officials.

Every year on this day, the Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Public Administration are presented to recognise and celebrate the remarkable and creative work of central and state government districts and organisations.

Civil Service Day Significance

The Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), and a complete list of All India Services and Central Services Group A and Group B make up our country's civil service. The day is devoted to all people who work in the civil service to honour their outstanding contributions. They also make plans for the following years on this day. On this day, Civil Service officers are encouraged to work more efficiently for the public. The central government evaluates the work of several departments on National Civil Service Day. The government also awards wards to the most hardworking individuals and groups on this day.

Civil Service Day Objective

  • Motivating and appreciating Civil Service officials' labour and efforts.
  • The central government uses this chance to assess the functioning of several civil service departments.
  • The central government recognises and honours the most hardworking individuals and organisations.

On this day, the Prime Minister of India honours nearly all officers of the central and state governments for their outstanding contributions to public administration. The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) and the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions are hosting the event. There are three categories for the 'Prime Minister Award for Excellence in Public Administration.

Every year, tens of thousands of people apply for about a thousand positions in the Indian Civil Service. However, we cannot overlook the fact that the civil service is the bedrock upon which the government runs the country's policies and programmes. Civil officials provide an invaluable contribution to society and the nation. As a result, April 21 is designated as Civil Service Day to honour civil servants for their invaluable contributions.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel - Overview

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was born in Nadiad, Gujarat, on October 31, 1875. On the anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's birth, National Unity Day is observed every year. He served as India's first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. He brought numerous Indian princely states together to form an Indian federation.

Vallabhbhai Patel was given the title 'Sardar' by the women of Bardoli, which means 'chief or leader.' He is known as India's true unifier for his enormous role in integrating and making India a united (Ek Bharat) and independent nation. He urged the people of India to unite and live in peace to establish Shreshth Bharat (Foremost India).

The Prime Minister announced 'Ek Bharat, Shreshth Bharat' in 2015 on Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's 140th birthday.

As the modern all-India services system founder. He is also known as the "Patron Saint of India's Civil Servants." In his honour, the Statue of Unity was erected in Kevadiya, Gujarat's Narmada district.

Civil Service Day is celebrated to appreciate the efforts put in by the people working for the public administration system in India. It is essential to know its significance.

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FAQs on Civil Service Day

Q.1) When is the National Civil Service Day celebrated?

National Civil Service Day is celebrated every year on April 21.

Q.2) Who organises the celebration of Civil Service Day every year?

The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) and the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions are known for hosting the celebration of Civil Service Day every year.

Q.3) Why is National Service Day celebrated?

The day is devoted to all people who work in the civil service to honour their outstanding contributions.