It is not unusual to find couples in the bureaucracy. It is common to have a husband and wife in the same service and cadre working at the Centre. On Wednesday, one such duo was on the dais at the National Conference on Agriculture for Rabi Campaign-2022.
Arti Ahuja (IAS:1990:OR), Secretary, Department of Fertilizers, addressed the event and informed state officials about the availability of fertilizer, assuring them about ample supply available for the upcoming Rabi season. Her husband Manoj Ahuja (IAS:1990:OR), who is the Union Agriculture Secretary, spoke about the overall preparations for the ensuing crop season. Manoj Ahuja also praised Fertilizer Ministry officials for ensuring uninterrupted supply of fertilizer during the ongoing Kharif season despite the challenges posed by the war in Ukraine.
Union Agriculture Minister, Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurated this conference at NASC, Pusa, New Delhi. The objective of the Conference was to review and assess the crop performance during the preceding crop seasons and fix crop-wise targets for rabi season in consultation with State Governments, ensure supply of critical inputs and facilitate adoption of innovative technologies with a view to enhance production and productivity of the crops.