‘Civil Services Day’ is observed on April 21 every year to acknowledge the work of all the officers engaged in different public service departments in the country. Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, the Home Member of Parliament, introduced the All India Services on April 21, 1947. The former Indian Civil Services under British India were later transformed into All India Services under the total Indian administration. Civil servants are in charge of effectively implementing all government plans and initiatives down to the grassroots level. The civil service system is the backbone of the country’s administrative functions. It is the Republic of India’s permanent executive branch. Various policies and programmes are created by the government’s administrative departments.
Civil Services Day is a time to appreciate the hard work and loyalty of civil servants towards serving the country. It is a day to acknowledge their relentless endeavours in executing policies and initiatives that have a constructive influence on the community. Furthermore, it is a chance to value their contribution in upholding law and order, advocating for social equity and fostering good governance. As we know, the civil service is responsible for the public administration of the government in the country. The civil service members do not take any pledge to any political ruling party but are the executioners of the policies of the ruling political party. Civil service is the pillar on which the government runs policies and programs for the country. The contribution of civil servants to society and the nation as a whole is immense.
Although civil servants work in coordination with the political representatives to serve the common people, the political masters for the sake of fulfilling the populist demand influence the functioning of administrative officials. Hence, an administrative official has to adhere to the will of the political master. This interference sometimes leads to issues like corruption, and arbitrary transfers of honest civil servants. Also, this led to substantial inefficiency where the vital positions are not held by the best officers and ultimately this can lead to institutional decline. The Indian Civil Services also suffer from other ailments like lack of professionalism, inefficient incentive systems that do not appreciate upright and outstanding civil servants but reward the corrupt and the incompetent, systemic inconsistencies in promotion and arbitrary and whimsical transfers.
There are also other issues involving civil servants. As instruments of public service, civil servants have to be ready for change. The common experience, however, is that they resist or are reluctant to change in the form of increasing expectations for better governance through effective service delivery, transparency, accountability and rule of law. The civil service, as the primary arm of government, must keep pace with the changing times in order to meet the aspirations of the people. Therefore, the civil service must be oriented into a dynamic, efficient and accountable apparatus for public service delivery built on the ethos and values of integrity, impartiality and neutrality. This will raise the quality of public services delivered to the citizens.
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