National Civil Service Day – April 21

National Civil Service Day

Every year, on the 21st of April, the “Civil Service Day” is observed by all Civil Services to re-dedicate and re-commit themselves to the cause of the people in India. It provides a unique opportunity for introspection as also chalking out future strategies to deal with the challenges being posed by the changing times.

This is a say that is observed by Civil Services to rededicate and recommit themselves to the cause of the people. It provides a unique opportunity for introspection as also working out future strategies to deal with the challenges being posed by the changing times. Eighth in a row, the day is being celebrated since 2006.

The Civil Services of India refer to the civil service and the permanent bureaucracy of the Government of India. The civil service system is the backbone of the administrative machinery of the country. In the parliamentary democracy of India, the ultimate responsibility for running the administration rests with the elected representatives of the people which are the ministers. But the handful of ministers cannot be expected to deal personally with the manifold problems of modern administration. Thus the ministers lay down the policy and it is for the civil servants to carry out this policy.

The executive decisions are implemented by the Indian civil servants. The members of civil service serve at the pleasure of thePresident of India and Article 311 of the constitution protects them from politically motivated or vindictive action. Civil servants are employees of the Government of India; however, not all employees of the Government are civil servants. As of 2010, there are total 6.4 million civil servants in India. Civil servants in a personal capacity are paid from the Civil List. Senior civil servants may be called to account by Parliament.

 

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