For the first time, the state government has decided to organise Civil Service Day that will be attended by around 700 senior officials.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be addressing the programme that has been organised with focus on "role of civil service in nation building".
The programme will be held on April 21 in the newly-constructed open air stage – Uttirnya – at Alipore which will also be inaugurated by the Chief Minister on the same day.
According to the sources in the state secretariat, Centre's Department of Personnel and Training had sent letters to all the state governments and union territories for the past few years requesting them to organise the programme in the state headquarters.
This is for the first time when the state government decided to hold a programme that will be attended by officials of the West Bengal Civil Service, Indian Administrative Service and Indian Police Service. Some officials of the Indian Revenue Service and Commercial Tax Service will also be attending the programme.
Administrative officials of joint secretary rank and above and police officers of deputy commissioner rank and above will be attending the programme. Since the programme will be spanning around one-and-a-half hours, officials who are mainly posted in the city and its adjacent places will be taking part in the programme. "It is expected that around 700 officials will be present in the programme," an official said adding that some senior officials will also be addressing the gathering.
He further said that since the programme is of only of one-and-a-half hours or so, officials from the districts are not going to be a part of it.
All ministers have also been invited to be present in the programme which is being organised by the state Personnel, Administrative Reforms and E-Governance department.
The Public Works Department, that constructed the open-air stage, is providing the logistic support for the programme that will start at 6 pm on Friday. Uttirnya is a state-of-the-art
open-air stage with the capacity to accommodate 1,968 people at a time and it is one of the dream projects of the Chief Minister.