The 3rd Civil Service Day was held on 21 April, 2008 in New Delhi. Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh while inaugurating the Civil Services Day said that the Civil Services needed a renewed commitment in placing them on the side of the disadvantaged in society. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said considerable process reform could be undertaken by the civil services to address several issues. Further elucidating the subject,he said, the challenge now is, for effective public management of the resources besides creating an open, transparent and accountable systems of delivery. The inauguration was attended among others by Shri Prithviraj Chavan, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Shri A.Raja, Minister for Communications and Information Technology.
An exhibition on Innovations in Administration and a display of books written by civil servants was also inaugurated by the Prime Minister.The theme for this year was Innovations in Administration. A commemorative postal stamp was also released on the occasion.
Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh released a book on Innovations in Administration titled Splendour in the Grass compiled by the Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances. The book covers various innovations successfully tried out by different Ministries/Departments, State/union territories administrations,national and international organisations. Secretaries to Government of India, Chief Secretaries and Heads of other Services and various Central Services participated in the day-long deliberations.
After the inaugural, the technical session commenced with a talk by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, on Decision Making in Government: Role of Audit: This was followed by three parallel panel discussions on Recruitment and Training in Civil Services , Performance Appraisal of Civil Servants and Readiness of Civil Service to meet current challenges.