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. It provides a unique opportunity for introspection as also chalking out future strategies to deal with the challenges being posed by the changing times.
On this occasion, all officers of Central and State Governments are honoured for excellence in public administration. The 'PM Award for Excellence in Public Administration' is presented in three categories. Under this scheme of awards instituted in 2006, all the officers individually or as group or as organization are eligible.
The award includes a medal, scroll and a cash amount of Rs.1 lakh. In case of a group, the total award money is Rs.5 lakh subject to a maximum of Rs.1 lakh per person. For an organization the cash amount is limited to Rs.5 lakh.The fifth Civil Service Day was inaugurated by the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, in New Delhi on 21st April, 2010.The Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Public Administration were given to five in individual category, three in group category and one in organization category. The awards recognise the exemplary initiatives impacting the delivery of public services.