New Delhi, Apr 20 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will inaugurate the 'Civil Services Day' here on Thursday.
Dr. Singh will also give away the 'PM's Awards for Excellence in Public Administration' for the year 2009 - 10 on the occasion. Five outstanding initiatives in three categories - individual, group and organization - have been selected for the award.
Of these, the one in the individual category is: Bridging the Gap - the Turnaround of Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam, (Bihar).
In the group category, the award will be given to (i) Success Story of Malkapur 24x7 Water Supply Scheme (Maharashtra) and (ii) Education and Training Centre - Dreams to Reality, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, (Maharashtra).
Sickle Cell Anemia Control Programme, of Government of Gujarat, and Sustainable Plastic Waste Management of Himachal Pradesh will receive the award in the organization category.
Under this scheme of awards, all officers of Central and State Governments individually or as group or as organization are eligible. The award includes a medal, scroll and a cash amount of Rs.one lakh. In case of a group, the total award money is Rs.5 lakh subject to a maximum of Rs. one lakh per person. For an organization this is limited to Rs. 5 lakh.
Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Prime Minister's Office V.Narayanasamy, Cabinet Secretary K.M.Chandrashekhar and Principal Secretary to Prime Minister T.K.A. Nair will be among those present on the occasion.
The day is observed by all civil services to rededicate and recommit themselves to the cause of the people. It provides a unique opportunity for introspection as also working out future strategies to deal with the challenges being posed by the changing times. Sixth in a row, the day is being celebrated since 2006.
Transparency and ethics in governance, improvement of public service delivery systems and challenges of economic management are among the issues that will be deliberated in the daylong proceedings. (ANI)