Senior officers of central paramilitary forces have been asked to have food with jawans during their inspection tours of the posts, following a viral video where a BSF trooper alleged that inedible food were being served to the security forces.
The government on Wednesday informed Parliament that the Union home ministry has reiterated to forces to ensure that the officers during their visits to the posts may check on living conditions, clothing, food and equipment.
In a written reply to a question from Congress member Ambika Soni on steps taken to improve working conditions of jawans, minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju said senior officers have been asked to take initiative to seek free and frank feedback from personnel.
Tej Bahadur Yadav, a BSF trooper deployed at a forward base on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, put out videos alleging inedible food were being served to jawans and saying that ration meant for them was diverted to the open market by seniors.
“It has been advised that senior officers may also partake the food prepared for the jawans and endorse a note on the quality/quantity of food in the inspection register,” said Rijiju.
The minister added that forces have been advised to review their internal grievance redressal system to ensure effective measures to address the problems.
After Yadav’s selfie videos went viral, a court of inquiry was instituted by the BSF on the directions of Union home minister Rajnath Singh.
The BSF inquiry has gone into the complaints of Yadav in detail and its report is expected soon.
Yadav had complained about lack of ‘tadka’ (tempering) in his dal. Therefore, the inquiry has also looked into the availability of ingredients for ‘tadka’ like cumin, ginger, onion and garlic at the base.