Tina Dabi Khan as Returning Officer in Rajasthan assembly polls swings into action


IAS topper Tina Dabi Khan received her first full-fledged posting as a civil servant last month on 26 October when she was posted as the SDM for Bhilwara in Rajasthan. The news of the ‘Kashmiri bahu’ being appointed as the SDM in the textile city had evoked plenty of positive reactions from her fans as people from Rajasthan welcomed her in their state.

Tina Dabi Khan
Photo: Instagrammed by Tina Dabi

Tina’s appointment as the SDM, Bhilwara, coincided with the assembly elections being announced for the state. Rajasthan goes to polls on 7 December along with Telangana, while of counting of votes will take place on 11 December. 

Far from being overwhelmed by her new role as the SDM, Tina on Saturday announced that she had swung into action in preparation for the upcoming polls. Taking to Instagram, the Rajasthan cadre IAS topper posted a couple of photos of her activities as part of the Systematic Voter’s Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) programme.

While posting the photos, Tina wrote, “Joined as SDM Bhilwara and Returning Officer for Bhilwara Assembly Constituency last Monday. Here’s a click of SVEEP activities being held to spread voters’ awareness for the incoming Rajasthan Assembly Elections.”

In the photos, Tina is joined by another woman while lighting diyas or lamps around some flower patterns on the floor. It’s not clear whether this was also to mark the festival of lights, Diwali.

However, her photos once again evoked overwhelming reactions from her fans as they commented in hordes. While some wished her on the occasion of Diwali, others continued to welcome her in Bhilwara. One fan wrote, “Welcome..May your stay in Bhilwara be a memorable and pleasant one.” Another fan, seemingly smitten by her beauty, wrote, “Most prettiest girl I’ve ever seen.” “Congratulations ma’am, Ajmer misses you very much, you’re our bundle of joy,” commented another fan.

SVEEP, which started from Bihar, is a landmark programme of the Election Commission of India. The programme seeks to inform, educate, motivate and facilitate voters and in turn make Indian democracy more participative. Since being introduced, this has reportedly contributed to active voter participation in elections.

In September, while speaking at a TEDx event at Delhi’s Hnasraj College, Tina Dabi Khan had bared her soul explaining the pain and disgust she went through in the immediate aftermath of securing the number one rank in the prestigious UPSC exams in 2016. Tina had revealed the emotional turmoil she was subjected to by online trolls for her Dalit background.


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