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Civil Services Day: VP, PM laud civil servants for leading fight against COVID-19


PTI, Apr 21, 2020, 10:33 AM IST

New Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, April 21 extended greetings on Civil Services Day, saying like health professionals, the civil servants have also been leading the fight against coronavirus.

“On Civil Services Day, I compliment all the civil servants of our country for effectively and efficiently translating policies into programs,” the Vice President tweeted.

“Their high professional standards have stood us well in times of peace as well as times of crisis like the current one,” Naidu said.

“Our civil servants along with doctors and medical professionals have been leading India’s fight against COVID-19. We are grateful to all such warriors who have been risking their lives at the face of the infection to protect all of us,” he said.

The duration of the fight against coronavirus is still uncertain, he pointed out. “I am sure our experienced and able civil servants will assist the nation in winning the battle,” the vice president said.

Prime Minister Modi appreciated their efforts in ensuring India successfully defeats COVID-19. “They are working round the clock, assisting those in need and ensuring everyone is healthy. On Civil Services Day, tributes to the great Sardar Patel, who envisioned our administrative framework and emphasized on building a system that is progress-oriented and compassionate,” Modi tweeted.

He also shared his speech from Civil Services Day in 2018 in which he spoke about appreciation, evaluation, and introspection for the bureaucracy.

According to the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Civil Services Day is observed on April 21 as on this day in 1947, the country’s first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel addressed the probationers of AdministrativeServicesOfficers. He referred to civil servants as the ‘steel frame of India’.

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