Civil Services Day of India is celebrated to appreciate the work and contribution of civil servants who run the administrative processes of the central and state governments. National Civil Services Day of India is celebrated across India. Every year thousands of students appear for the examinations of civil services in India. Students in schools and colleges are the might want to pursue their career in the civil services, hence schools and colleges across India sometimes ask students to collect information, write an essay, prepare a speech on Civil Services Day of India in order to celebrate the day.
In this article, we have given all the information you might need while celebrating the civil services day on 21st April 2018. The article includes information like date, the theme for 2018, history, awards and celebration ideas, activities to celebrate the Civil Services Day of India in 2018. So, let’s start.
Civil Services Day of India 2018 Date, Information, Theme, Awards, History & Celebration Ideas
Introduction, Meaning, Definitions of Civil Services
As the thesaurus describes it, civil service means ‘ the service responsible for the public administration of the government of the country’. It excludes legislative, judiciary and military personnel from its purview. The members of the civil services community do not have or pledge any allegiance to any political party ruling or otherwise but are the executioners of the policies of the ruling political party. The word civil service itself dates back to the British era when the civilian staff of the British East India company involved in administrative jobs was referred to as ‘Public Servants”, with the foundation of it having been laid by Warren Hastings. It was later fine-tuned by Charles Cornwallis who earned the title of the “Father of Civil Services In India”.
In the Indian context, civil services include Indian Administrative Service(IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) to name a few from a comprehensive list which includes All India Services and Central Services ( Group A and B). Dedicated to this task force of civil servants of India is the National Civil Services Day celebrated on the date 21st of April every year. Civil servants across the nation mark this occasion as the day when they commemorate their fellow civil servants for their exemplary services and take a moment to reflect on the year gone by. They chart a future course of action and work out the main areas that need more planning in the coming year, for their respective departments.
Origin, History of National Civil Services Day 2018 | Why Civil Services Day is Celebrated on 21st April only?
The birth of this day has its origin related to the year 1947 when on 21st April Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, then Home Member, parliament inaugurated the All India Services. Addressing the probationary officers at the All India Administrative Service Training School at Metcalfe House, Delhi he delivered a powerful speech empowering the Civil Services to adopt the true role of national service, free from the shackles of traditions and habits of the past. Excerpts from his speech read”. It is an unmistakable symptom of the transfer of power which is taking place from foreign to Indian hands” Since 2006, 21st April has been celebrated as the National Civil Services Day.
Objectives of Civil Services Day | Why We Celebrate the Civil Services Day?
Following are the objectives, reasons for which the Civil Services Day is celebrated in India.
- Motivation to the Civil Service Officers
The main goal, the objective of celebrating the Civil Services Day is to motivate and appreciate the work and efforts of the civil service officers. It takes a lot of efforts and hard work to be a civil officer and more work and efforts than to work as a civil officer.
- Evaluation of Work Done by Various Departments in Civil Services
The central government uses this opportunity to scrutinize and evaluate the work of various departments under the civil services. It is also used to evaluate the performance and outcomes of various government schemes, projects, reforms which are later published.
- Reward the Best Working Individuals and Groups
The central government takes this day to bring all the civil servants under one hood and felicitates and awards best working individuals and groups.
Civil Services Day of India Awards
All officers of the Central and State Governments are awarded on this day by the Prime Minister of India for their extraordinary services and innovative work in the field of public administration. The function is organized by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) and Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions. The ‘Prime Minister Award for Excellence in Public Administration ‘ is awarded in three categories or groups based on the region :
- Group 1 which comprises of eight North Eastern States and the three hill states namely Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.
- Group 2 consists of the seven Union Territories
- Group 3 comprising of the rest of the eighteen states of India.
The award constitutes a medal, a scroll and cash amount of Rs. 1 lakh. In case the recipient of the award is a group, the award amount is 5 lacs subject to per person award money not exceeding Rs. 1 lac. For an organization getting this award, the limit is Rs. 5 Lacs. One day before the celebrations, discussions are held pertaining to pressing matters related to public administration and the same is attended by public servants from across the nation.
Theme of Civil Services Day India 2018
In the year 2017, the theme for the National Civil Services day was “Making New India” which resonated well with our Prime Minister’s motto of taking India on a higher pedestal of development. The theme for Civil Services Day of India 2018 is not announced yet. For the year 2018, four priority programmes have been selected for presenting the awards and they are:
- Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana
- Promoting Digital Payments
- Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – urban and rural
- Deen Dayal Upadhyay Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDUGKY)
A new category of the award also marks their beginning from this year for the Additional Secretary / Joint Secretary Officers and Director / Deputy Secretary serving in the Government of India to felicitate their contribution in transformational improvements in processes and systems brought about by simplifying the process and re-engineering it.
National Civil Services day is yet to mark its presence on the social media with hashtags and thus is still a relatively lesser known date and occasion for the Indian population. The only hashtag currently viral is #NationalCivilServicesDay. The evident reason behind this being lack of awareness in the youth about it and they are the most active users of social media.
National Civil Services Day of India Celebration Ideas, Activities, Events
An initiative that schools and colleges across the nation can take on this day is to educate the younger generation about it and to create awareness in youth about the career options available to them in the Civil Services sector. The private sector career options do seem more lucrative due to their higher remuneration standards or the stigma of corruption attached to the government sector jobs in India. Also, the wider population is still unaware of the fact that civil services extend beyond the few more popular ones like the IAS, IPS, IRS etc. The majority of people applying for the civil services exam belong to the rural sector as they feel that with their lack of expertise in professional areas or the English Language makes them unsuitable for the private sector.
Interesting And Fun Facts about Civil Services Day of India
Here is the collection of some amazing and interesting fun facts about the Civil Services Day.
- The civil services exams are one of the toughest exams in India with success rate of merely 0.1 to 0.3 percent.
- Charles Cornwallis is called as the “Father of Civil Services In India”.
- On 21st April 1947, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, then Home Member, parliament inaugurated the All India Services.
- In his speech, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel called the civil services of India, “The Still Frame of India.”
- Every year more than 1 million candidates compete for the almost thousand posts in Indian civil services.
- Cabinet Secretary is the highest post in Indian Civil services.
- The first cabinet secretary was N. R. Pillai who served from 1950 to 1953.
- The first civil services day was celebrated on 21st April 2006.
Quotes and Slogans about National Civil Services of India
Here is a list of some quotes and slogans about Civil Services Day India.
- A country that has strong civil services department will be able to excel in all fields with ease.
- The central government only passes the bills but the planning and implementation of the responsibility of the civil service officers.
- If you want to serve the nation and its people and offer them a good future then you must try to join the civil services department.
- The task of a civil servant is not only to provide the best services for the countrymen but also to uphold the integrity and dignity of the nation in every manner.
Civil Services are the hinges on which the political system runs the vehicle of policies and programmes smoothly and just like a well-oiled hinge requires maintenance, similarly acknowledging the services and the contribution of the civil services personnel to the society is paramount for the nation.