National Civil Services Day 2020: The National civil services day is observed on April 21 every year. The civil service system is the backbone of the country’s administrative machinery. It is the permanent executive branch of the Republic of India. It consists of (IAS) Indian Administrative services, (IPS) Indian Police services, (IFS) Indian Foreign services along with central Group A and group B services.
The policies and schemes are made by the government. The civil servants are the administrators. The civil servants are responsible for implementing all the government policies and schemes successfully up to the root level.
History: National Civil services day 2020
On April 21, 1947, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, the Home Member of Parliament inaugurated the All India Services.
He delivered a powerful speech at the All India Administrative Service Training School at Metcalfe House, Delhi. In his speech, he called civil servants as the ‘steel frame of India’.
Here are some quotes for the day:
- The civil servant is primarily the master of the short-term solution–Indira Gandhi
- The Prime Minister and the chief ministers are one team. The Cabinet Ministers and the State Ministers are another team. The civil servants at the centre and the states are yet another team. This is the only way we can successfully develop India–Narendra Modi
- With bad laws and good civil servants it’s still possible to govern. But with bad civil servants even the best laws can’t help–Otto von Bismarck
- One of the keys to ensuring accountability is to have civil servants who witness fraud, waste and abuse to blow the whistle–Byron Dorgan
National Civil Services day 2020: Awards for exemplary service on the day
On National Civil Services day, ‘Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration’ is awarded. Many districts in the country participate in this award program.
On National Civil Services day, the officers of central and state governments are awarded by the Prime Minister of India for their extraordinary services in the field of public administration.
The ‘Prime Minister Award for Excellence in Public Administration ‘is awarded in 3 categories:
Category 1: It includes eight northeastern states and the three hill states namely Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir.
Category 2: It consists of seven Union Territories
Category 3: It consists of the rest of the eighteen states of India.
The award consists of a medal, scroll and a cash amount of Rs 1 lakh.
For a group, the total award money is Rs.5 lakh subject to a maximum of Rs.1 lakh per person. For an organization, the cash amount is limited to Rs.5 lakh.
The award programme is organized by the Department of the Administrative Reforms and Public grievances and Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.