Two years after Tina Dabi Khan topped the prestigious IAS exam, the Rajasthan cadre officer has finally received her first full-fledged posting as a civil servant. Tina, who secured the number one rank in the UPSC exam in 2016, had joined Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises of Government of India as an Assistant Secretary on deputation for 13 weeks.
Although her deputation ended 28 September, her first posting as an IAS officer came only on 26 October, when a notification from the Rajsthan government said that she had been appointed as the Sub-Divisional Officer or SDO in Bhilwara.
An order signed by a joint secretary level officer in the Rajasthan government said that the state governor had approved her appointment as the new SDO for the city, known for its textile industry.
Soon, the young IAS officer began to receive good wishes from her fans on her first full-fledged posting. One wrote, “Many congratulations on appointment as SFO Bhilwara.” Another wrote, “Congratulations and welcome
@dabi_tina in our city Bhilwara as SDM, Hope under your leadership the development of city will grow rapidly.”
While on deputation as Assistant Secretary in Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, Tina had taken her job quite seriously and travelled around the country to understand the businesses covered under the ministry. In one such trip, she had travelled to Maharashtra to interact with people involved in beekeeping business.
Tina married fellow IAS topper Athar Aamir Khan, also a Rajasthan cadre officer, earlier this year. Athar had joined the Ministry of Tourism as an Assistant Secretary on deputation for 13 weeks. There has been no news on his first posting as yet.
Tina was recently in news after she bared her soul to share her pain of being subjected to incessant trolling because of her SC/ST background after she securing the number one ranking in UPSC exams. While speaking at a TEDx event at Delhi’s Hansraj College in September, Tina had said, “I think I am probably the only topper of this prestigious examination, who was made to feel so bad about her success. And I think, that time, I realised for the first time how brutal, how non-forgiving, how non-understanding the Indian society can be. How one individual can be targeted and attacked for the entire system and structures that the Indian society lives in, survives in. And how easy it is for people to sit back comfortably in their homes and abuse somebody on the internet.”