A BSF jawan, deployed along the Indo-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir, has alleged that troops are served bad quality food and even have to manage with an “empty stomach” sometimes, prompting the border guarding force to initiate an inquiry.
Home minister Rajnath Singh later tweeted on Monday night saying he had seen the video and that he has sought a report from the BSF to take “appropriate action”.
In videos uploaded on Facebook, the jawan claimed that while government procures essentials for them, the higher-ups and officers “sell it off” in an “illegal” manner in the market.
In four different videos released online, constable Tej Bahadur Yadav of BSF’s 29th battalion talks about the kind of conditions soldiers work under and also goes on to show the kind of food that is allegedly being served.
“We only get a ‘parantha’ and tea as breakfast and this is without any pickle or vegetables... we slog for 11 hours and at times we have to stand throughout the duty hours. For lunch, we get ‘dal’ (pulses) which only has ‘haldi’ (turmeric) and salt... with roti. This is the quality of the food we get... how can a jawan do his duty?
“I request the Prime Minister to get this probed... no one shows our plight,” Yadav alleged.
He said he “may not be here” hinting action might be taken against him and urged people to take the issue forward so that corrective action is taken.
He also alleged that at times jawans have to go to sleep “empty stomach”.
The Border Security Force took cognisance of the video and tweeted from its official handle that an inquiry has been ordered.
BSF is highly sensitive to the welfare of tps.Individual aberrations,if any,are enquired into.A senior officer has already rchd the location https://t.co/3fH7qZdV5P— BSF (@BSF_India) January 9, 2017
A senior BSF official said Yadav is currently deployed along the Line of Control in J&K and the BSF jawans here work under the operational command of the army which also provides for “food and other logistics of the jawans”.
It has also been found, the official said, that Yadav has been given four major punishments in the past and has been issued reprimands for alleged violation of discipline.
“However, the force has already ordered for a full investigation into the allegations made by Yadav who joined the force in 1996,” the official said, adding the jawan has also applied for voluntary retirement.