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CIVIL SERVICES DAY OBSERVED

CIVIL SERVICES DAY OBSERVED

Context

In India, the ‘Civil Services Day’ is observed on April 21 every year.

Details

  • It is observed as  thanks offering day to every one of the Civil Servants for their support of the general public and for Civil Servants to ‘rededicate themselves to the cause of citizens and renew their commitments to public service’
  • The day April 21 was chosen to commemorate the day when the 1st Home Minister of Independent India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel addressed the probationers of Administrative Services Officers in 1947 at Metcalf House, Delhi.
  • The first function on civil services day was held in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi in 2006.
  • On this day, the Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Administration are presented to Districts/Implementing Units for implementation of Priority programme and innovation categories.

About Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

  • He was born on 31st October, 1875 in Nadiad, Gujarat.
  • He was the first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of independent India.
  • Women of Bardoli bestowed the title ‘Sardar’ on Vallabhbhai Patel, which means ‘a Chief or a Leader’.

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