National Civil Service Day: History and Significance

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The National Civil Service Day is on 21st April every year. National Civil Service day celebrates the presence of civil service departments of the nation. It rejuvenates the dedication of civil servants towards the citizens of the country.

The judiciary, legislative, and military forces do not become a part of this auspicious day. This day is to encourage the duties of the officers. Moreover, one should notice that they are not a supporter of any political party. Rather, they execute their duties under the present political party in governance.  

This article is to let our readers know the origin and objective of National Civil Service Day.

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Origin of the National Civil Service Day

The Home Minister, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel inaugurated the All India Services on 21st April 1947. On this day, this eminent personality addressed all the probationary officers and discussed the objectives for the future. 

Firstly, All India Administrative Service Training school at Metcalfe House in Delhi conducted the National Civil Service Day ceremony. However, this tradition took place at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi from 21st April 2006.

This national event also witnesses the Prime Minister’s award for Excellence in Public Administration. 

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Objectives of the National Civil Service Day

All India Services comprises the IAS, IPS, IFS, IFoS, and many more designated posts of Civil Services. On 21st April, these officers reunite and discuss certain agendas for the future. 

The agendas are directly formed for serving the nation. Moreover, these officers put behind all the past experiences and put forth the guidelines for the year to follow. 

On this day, the appreciate various departments of the government’s civil services. At the same time, the Central government uses its authority to applaud their achievements. 

The Central government also distributes several awards and recognition statements to certain individuals to honour their services. 

On National Civil Service Day Prime Minister’s Award For Excellence in Public Administration. This award has 3 categories are based on the cadre regions of the officers.

Every year, UPSC conducts the Civil Services Exam to recruit Civil Servants.

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It comprises:-

Category 1:

This includes the Northeastern states along with three hill stations of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Jammu & Kashmir.

Category 2:

This includes seven Union Territories of India.

Category 3:

This sums up the remaining 18 States of the nation.

These awards comprise the medal, scroll, and the cash amount of Rs. 1,00,000. If a group is being awarded then the maximum of 5,00,000/- is given out to them. 

In the year 1947, Vallabh Bhai Patel referred to the civil servants of the nation as the “steel frame of India”. However, it should be noticed that every year there are over 6 million government vacancies. But only a few civil services post to administer them. 

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It wouldn’t be wrong to say that the civil services officers are the coal to the running locomotive of the country. Moreover, the contribution of these civil officers is far beyond any explanation.  If not for them, then 21st April wouldn’t be incorporated as one of the National Events of India. 

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