National Civil Services Day is observed on April 21 every year in India.It is a day to acknowledge and appreciate civil officials for their contributions to the country's development and progress.
The day was first observed in India on April 21, 2006, to mark the occasion when Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel addressed the first batch of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers at the Metcalfe House in Delhi in 1947.
In his address, Patel had emphasized the importance of maintaining integrity, impartiality, and dedication towards the public service.
On National Civil Services Day, the Prime Minister of India addresses civil servants and awards the 'Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Public Administration' to recognize the efforts of civil servants in various fields such as administrative innovation, implementation of programs and projects, and promoting simplicity and transparency in public service delivery.
The day is an occasion to reflect on the role of civil servants in the development of the country and to encourage them to continue their efforts towards serving the people with dedication and commitment.
It also serves as a platform for civil servants to share their experiences and best practices, and to learn from one another.
It is also an opportunity to acknowledge the challenges faced by civil servants and to find ways to address them.