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Civil Services Day: It’s Time Nation Valued Its Unsung Heroes

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As the country marks the Civil Services Day on Saturday, it is time to understand the key role of these unsung heroes behind the country’s growth and development. Working in challenging situations amidst pulls and pressures of mighty politicians and political theatrics, the civil servants’ role is nothing less than that of a lone warrior left in the battlefield, writes Sandeep Datta of eGov magazine, a publication of Elets News Network (ENN).

eGov, India’s First and Asia & Middle East’s premier magazine and knowledge portal on Innovation in Governance has been documenting innovative initiatives by civil servants in various parts of India for  last 12 years.

Today, various senior bureaucrats are helping their young fellows and appreciate their good work to inspire all others of the fraternity.

Anil Swarup, Secretary, Human Resource Development Ministry, Government of India, once perfectly summarised the profile of a civil servant on social media when on tweeted: “Civil Service is not a bed of roses. But that is the beauty of it.”

Swarup, an IAS officer himself, keeps track of good works of some of the exemplary civil servants.

Having been quite active on social media, Swarup keeps encouraging good officers with his tweets through his twitter handle @swarup58. In one such tweet he appreciated a retired IAS officer of the 1981-batch from Champaran, Parmeshwar G Aiyyar, who cleans his toilet himself and returned to India from the US for Swachch Bharat drive of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“Parmeshwaran Iyer, the man behind the success of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Phenomenal commitment. Truly exemplary. #nexusofgood”

A prominent role for valuing and underlining the role of civil servants is being played IAS Association on Twitter.

On the occasion of the Civil Services Day, IAS (Central) Association, greeted all with a message: “Greetings to all civil servants on Civil Services Day. Let’s introspect, think, and work out strategies to rededicate ourselves in the service of our Great Nation. Together, we have a huge opportunity to live our dreams of a vibrant, equal and developed India. #CivilServicesDay”

The association of civil servants exists on Official Twitter handle of IAS (Central) Association. Its twitter handle @IASassociation exists as a major platform followed by over 1,23,000 people, including a lot of top-notch civil servants and senior most leaders of the country. It follows only IAS Officers.

In one such retweets, the IAS Association highlighted how a District Magistrate of Hardoi, is highly overwhelmed with the talent of a Rickshaw-puller and has taken responsibility of education of that promising boy in Uttar Pradesh.

Another retweet from the IAS Association stated : “How this doctor turned IAS officer changed the face of #healthcare in Chhattisgarh’s Naxal-hit Bijapur District: https://yourstory.com/2018/04/doctor-ias-healthcare-chhattisgarh-bijapur/ … #TheChhattisgarhStory #WorldHealthDay

The tweet evoked response from a NITI Aayog CEO, Amitabh Kant, a 1980-batch IAS officer, who took to twitter from his account @amitabhk87 to say: “Dr Ayyaz Tamboli is a remarkable young IAS officer. His work as Collector in the field of health & education in Bijapur has been inspiring. He has effectively utilized the social media to attract Doctors & Nurses to work in one of the most backward regions of the country.”

Kant has been promoting the exemplary civil servants in his tweets, on the occasion of Civil Services Day, he posted a photograph with three such IAS officers while tweeting:  “On #CivilServicesDay with 3 Collectors who have made a difference to the lives of citizens. Saurabh Kumar, DM, Dantewada- Gr8 work in Astha school & rural BPO, Kundan Kumar, DM, Banka- Gr8 work with Mera Mobile-Mera Vidyalaya & Dr S.P.Singh, DM, Baran-Gr8 work in health & nutrition.”

Celebrating the Civil Services Day on Friday in the national capital, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said that it is our collective responsibility to work together to realise the dream of a New India.

On the occasion, the Vice-President inaugurated the two-day Civil Services Day event and an exhibition put up by Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances on identified priority programmes and innovations.

Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Jitendra Singh, also addressed the inaugural session of Civil Services Day function.

The Civil Services Day is an occasion marked for the civil servants to rededicate themselves to the cause of citizen and renew their commitments to public service and excellence in work.

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