- Dr Manmohan Singh, the Prime minister of India released a postage stamp in honor of the Civil Service on April 21, 2008 at New Delhi on the occasion of the 3rd Civil Service Day.
- The Prime Minister while inaugurating the third Civil Service Day said that the Civil Services need a renewed commitment in placing them on the side of the disadvantaged in society. He said that considerable process reform can be undertaken by the civil service itself to address several perception issues. Further elucidating the subject, the Prime Minister said, the challenge now is, for effective public management of the resources besides creating open, transparent and accountable systems of delivery. The inauguration was attended among others by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Prithviraj Chavan and Minister for Communications & Information Technology A Raja.
- The Prime Minister gave away the 'PM Award for Excellence in Public Administration' for the year 2006--07 to the 13 awardees in three categories -- individual, group and organization. Later, he released a book on Innovations in Administration titled "Splendour in the Grass" compiled by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances. The book covers various innovations successfully tried out by different Ministries / Departments, state / UT administrations, national and international organisations. A Raja informed that the Department of Posts was the first Department to be awarded `Sevottam' -- a model for benchmarking excellence in public service delivery.
- An exhibition on `Innovations in Administration' and a Display of books written by civil servants was also organized on the occasion. A film, `Making a Difference', a collage of innovations undertaken across the country was also screened. Following 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 Service'; `Performance Appraisal of Civil Servants' and `Readiness of Civil Service to meet current challenges'. Secretaries of Government of India, Chief Secretaries and Heads of the all India services and the Central Services were among those who participated in the day-long deliberations.
- Shankha Samanta designed the Stamp and the First Day Cover.
- Alka Sharma designed the pictorial first day postmark. Brochure containing write-up and technical data was issued on the occasion.
- The First Day Cover and the Brochure are priced at Rs 2 each.
- India Security Press, Nasik printed the stamps by photogravure in the quantity 0.8 million.
Remark: India post became worst day by day as the philatelic materials are not available in the Philatelic bureau in time (On the issue date),Nobody there to listen in the India post as several complain has been given.So the end result is that philatelist loose interest in posting the FDC on the issue date.GOD HELP US.