The Government of India celebrates Civil Services Day on 21st April every year. On this day, civil servants rededicate themselves to the cause of citizen and renew their commitments to public service and excellence in work. The day was celebrated for the first time on 21 April 2006.
Civil Services Day is celebrated on this day to commemorate the address of the first Home Minister of Independent India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel to the probationers of Administrative Services Officers in 1947 at Metcalf House, Delhi. During his address, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel referred to civil servants as the ‘steel frame of India’.
As part of Civil Servant Day celebrations, Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Administration are conferred to Districts/Implementing Units for effective implementation of Priority programme and innovation categories.