Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday expressed his gratitude towards the civil servants of the nation on the occasion of Civil Servants Day and appreciated the efforts they are taking in tackling the coronavirus pandemic.
“Today, on Civil Services Day I convey greetings to all Civil Servants and their families. I appreciate their efforts in ensuring India successfully defeats COVID-19. They are working round the clock, assisting those in need and ensuring everyone is healthy,” Modi tweeted.
April 21 was chosen to be celebrated as Civil Servants Day to commemorate the day when the first Home Minister of Independent India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel addressed the called Civil Servants, the ‘steel frame of India’.
Patel gave this exemplary remark when he gave an address to the probationers of Administrative Services Officers at Delhi’s Metcalf House in the year 1947.
The first celebration of Civil Services Day was held on April 21, 2006, as VigyanBhawan, New Delhi.
Getting into the civil service has always been one of the most sought –after jobs of the Indians as a huge number of applicants appear for the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) every year which is the first barrier to clear to get into that elite sector.
Meanwhile, the President of India Ram NathKovind also appreciated the civil servants for their efforts in fighting against the COVID-19 crisis.
“On Civil Services Day, greetings to all civil servants, past and present, and their families. Our civil services have played a key role in implementing policies and programs for public welfare,” Kovind tweeted.
“In the present times too, the steel frame of our country, the civil service, has shown its strength and resolve in handling COVID-19 situation, with sensitivity and professionalism. Confident that our civil services will continue to serve in the best traditions of public service,” he added.