New Delhi, April 11
“Making New India” will be the theme for Civil Services Day 2017 scheduled to be held on 20th and 21st of this month at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the chief guest. This was disclosed here today by Union Minister of State (MoS) PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh after the conclusion of a high level meeting to review the preparations for the two-day event which is expected to have the largest ever participation to compete for Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence. The awards will be handed over by Prime Minister himself, while three films will be shown respectively on, award winning initiatives, citations of the award winning achievements and the entire process of initiating, selecting and finalizing the awards as well as conceptualizing and holding of the event. A unique feature of this year’s event, Dr Jitendra Singh said, that on the advice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, young IAS Collectors and probationers of the last four years from 2013 to 2016, were engaged to send their responses as feedback. Out of a total of 691 IAS officers across the country from these four batches, he said, as many as 615 put in their responses with the assistance of an Indian Company Wooker which was engaged by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG). This year’s awards, Dr Jitendra Singh said, will be based primarily on excellence in implementation of five priority programmes of Government of India, which included Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY), Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY), e-National Agriculture Market (eNAM) and “Standup India, Startup India”. Union Secretary ARPG C. Viswanath and senior officers of ARPG and Ministry of Personnel were present at the meeting.