Urgent Measures Needed for Revival of Aviation, Agriculture Sectors, Says IAS Couple on Coronavirus

As India is under lockdown for 21 days to curb the further spread of deadly coronavirus, the economic growth of the country is facing the brunt as the agricultural, aviation and others sectors have slowed down or halted their businesses for the time being. 1996 Odisha cadre batch IAS couple, Usha Padhee and Dr Arabinda K Padhee have shared their views on urgent measures needed for revival of agriculture and civil aviation.

Usha Padhee, who is currently serving as a Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, while her husband Dr Arabinda K Padhee serving as Director, Country Relations and Business Affairs, ICRISAT, spoke to CNN-News18 on their life and work in the times of nationwide lockdown. Here are the excerpts from the interview:

As it is day 2 of 21-day lockdown, how are you spending your time at home?

Arabinda Padhee: Both of us are at home, wholeheartedly supporting the government guidelines on lockdown and taking all precautionary measures to prevent further spread of coronavirus. Doing office job is obviously the first priority. But, working from home is also giving us opportunities to be together, talking to loved ones and pursuing other hobbies such as reading; gardening, cooking, etc.

What are the challenges you face when it comes to work from home? And how do you address the same?

Arabinda Padhee: One may not have access to all logistical support, but at this crisis period, we are managing with the available facilities. No complaints!

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