Civil servants of the country are at the forefront in this war against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Every year, April 21 is celebrated as Civil Services Day in India and marked as an occasion for the civil servants to rededicate themselves to the cause of citizens and renew their commitments to public service and excellence in work.

Wishing all Civil Servants, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet said, “Best wishes to all Civil Servants on the occasion of Civil Services Day. In different terrains and across different sectors, they are working tirelessly to help our citizens and enhance national progress. May they keep serving the nation with the same zeal.”

April 21 is chosen as National Civil Service Day to commemorate the day when first Home Minister of Independent India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel addressed the probationers of Administrative Services Officers in 1947 at Metcalf House, New Delhi. In his speech, Patel referred to the civil servants as the ‘steel frame of India’.

Civil Service in our country consists of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), and a comprehensive list of All India Services and Central Services Group A and Group B.

On National Civil Service Day, every year the central government evaluates the work of various departments. On this day, the government also gives awards to the best working individuals and groups.

As India is going through an unprecedented time because of the Covid-19 pandemic, civil servants of the country are at the forefront in this war against the deadly virus.

Saluting the key role of the civil servants, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said in a tweet, “#CivilServicesDay greetings to all our Civil Services personnel. The ‘Steel Frame of India’ has been the backbone of all nation building activities. Salute the invaluable role they have played in fighting the current #pandemic across the length & breadth of the country.”

In a tweet, President Ram Nath Kovind wished the civil servants of the country. Calling them the ‘steel frame’, he said, “On Civil Services Day, my greetings to civil servants past and present! Our bureaucracy is rightly called the Steel Frame, and you’ve been the backbone of our fight against Covid-19. You’ve raised the bar of professional excellence and dedication in public service. All the best!”

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also appreciated the immense contribution of the civil servants in the times of Covid-19.

“On #CivilServicesDay, appreciate the immense contribution of our civil servants, especially in these challenging times. Their work and dedication is deeply valued,” Jaishankar said in a tweet.