It’s not that common for husband and wife to serve as civil servants. It’s ever rarer for a bureaucrat couple to be posted in the same district. But, Tina Dabi Khan. the 2016 IAS topper, is truly lucky to have her husband Athar Aamir Khan join her in Bhilwara for the latter’s first full-fledged posting. Athar was the All India 2nd ranked IAS officer from 2016.
Athar, who was working as an Assistant Secretary in the Union Ministry of Tourism on deputation, was appointed as the Sub-Divisional Officer for Badnor in Bhilwara in Rajasthan this month. This was just weeks after Tina received her first posting as the SDM for Bhilwara. With Athar arriving in the same district administration, both will be seen working together in future.
Both Tina Dabi Khan and Athar have already begun joining their official engagements together. Last week, both attended the meeting held by the district Collector. Tina had taken to Instagram to write, “Glimpse of meeting taken by Collector Bhilwara and being attended by all SDMs and TDRs.” In the photo (see below), both she and Athar were seen sitting next to each other.
On Tuesday, it was Athar’s turn to inform his fans about his public engagement as the SDO. Using hashtag #SDMDiaries, the IAS topper wrote, “All they really want us to do is to listen.” In the photo, Athar could be seen giving a patient hearing to a group of local residents in Badnor.
Just like his wife, Athar too is winning hearts on internet as his fans appreciate his commitment and dedication to work. One fan wrote, “Yesss sir…our country need officers like you …. salute you sir …. true inspiration.” “Welcome to Asind Tehsil Sir … you both are inspirational for us …. lots of Dua from our side,” commented another fan. One fan wrote, “Wow!!it’s great that there is some one to listen to them also ,whose voice cannot be heard in the crowd!!!we are very proud of you sir!!!!”
Both Tina and Athar had got married earlier this year. Tina Dabi had later added Khan in her surname and now proudly calls herself as a Kashmiri bahu. Both have already delivered their first TEDx talks at Manipal University and Delhi’s Hansraj College respectively. One hopes that the two young IAS officers go on to become role models to not just future IAS aspirants also the current crop of civil servants in the country.