National Civil Service Day

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National Civil Service Day is observed every year on April 21. This year the focus is on ‘Evolving Strategies for Transforming Aspirational Districts’ and the function is organized by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances and Pensions on which PM give “Prime Minister Award for Excellence in Public Administration” to best civil servants.

First time this award was given in 2006 at the function in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. So from this year, we celebrate National Civil Service Day every year on April 21.

April 21 is observed as a National Civil Service Day every year because on the same date in 1947, Home Minister Sardar Patel inaugurated the All India Services and addressed the first batch of probationary officers at All India Administrative Service Training School at Metcalfe House, New Delhi and called bureaucrats as the “steel-frame of India”.

Civil servants are employees of the Government of India or of the states, but not all employees of the Government are civil servants. As of 2010, there were 6.4 million government employees in India but fewer than 50,000 civil servants to administer them.

The Government of India has also approved the formation of two new cadres of civil servants: the Indian Skill Development Service (2015) and the Indian Enterprise Development Service (2016).