Kangpokpi: The Indian civil service system is the backbone of the country’s administrative functions, and the administrators need to redouble efforts to serve the public more effectively.
The statement was made by the Deputy Commissioner. Kengoo Zuringla, IAS, during the observance of Civil Services Day 2023, organised by the District Administration Kangpokpi, at the Multipurpose Hall, DC Office, Kangpokpi, on Friday.
She said that at the end of the day, what really matters is the dedication and commitment that call for risk, determined decisions, and action with which we serve our community and the nation as a whole. Civil Services Day gives an opportunity to the civil servants of India to rededicate themselves and renew their commitment to public service.
Speaking regarding the history and significance of Civil Services Day, she said the day was first celebrated in India on April 21, 2006, to commemorate the first Home Minister of India, Shri Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, widely known as the ‘Iron Man of India’. She went on to say that he is regarded as one of the founding fathers of the Indian Civil Services.
Regarding the history of our state, she said Kaikhokam Kipgen (1965 batch) of Haipi village was the first Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Manipur and Christianson Raikhan Chibber (1978 batch) was the first among women. She said the total strength of seat allotment for IAS in Manipur is 63, one by third allotted from the State Service.
Divisional Forests Officer (DFO), N. Ganesh, IFS, spoke on the responsibilities of the civil servants. He said in the service, which requires constant motivation, the officers need to take decisions while keeping a view of whether they are benefiting the poorest of the poor. Stating that for better administration, there is a need to bridge the gap between the bureaucrats and the public, he said the civil servants must know how to function and deliver even in adverse situations. He opined that bureaucrats need to maintain neutrality, that is politically and community-wise, and objectivity to see the delivery of justice.
SP Kangkpokpi, Th. Vikramjit Singh, MPS, said that the service calls for higher responsibility where the civil servants need to perform better with each coming year, and the observance of the Civil Services Day reminds us that the objective is to uplift the needy people. Stating that there is no room for complaints regarding the constraints that the civil servants face, he said the officers have to deliver for the general public as they are in top leadership positions.
The function was also attended by ADC/ADM, Derick L. Khobung; CEO SH-ADC, James Doujapao Haokip; Sub Divisional Officers of the Kangpokpi district; SDC HQ; District Level Officers; staff of DC office among others.