Days after the video of BSF jawan, where he complaint of bad food within his unit at the LoC, went viral on social media, another video clip posted by a CRPF constable has surfaced. Airing his grievances, the CRPF jawan is demanding “parity” for paramilitary personnel in pay and other benefits at par with the army.
Reacting to the development, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), country’s largest paramilitary, said it has taken “cognisance” of the issues raised by the jawan, who identified himself in the video as Jeet Singh.
“This is an old video. The jawan has service-related grievances and is seeking parity in pay and other benefits. An Inspector General rank officer of the force has already got in touch with him. We have made it clear that if there are any problems to the troops, we will address them immediately,” CRPF Director General K Durga Prasad told the press.
Prasad also said the jawan had raised the issues when the OROP protests were taking place last year and the CRPF has brought all these issues to the knowledge of the ‘7th Pay Commission”.
“You always want a better life than what you have… that is what he is asking. He has no complaints from the force,” Prasad said.
According to the officials, jawan Jeet Singh had shot the video when he was deployed at the force’s Academy in Mount Abu in Rajasthan few months ago.
“The constable has not complained about any organisation and has only voiced his aspiration. CRPF is highly sensitive to the welfare of its jawans. Regular efforts are made for redressal of their grievances at several levels,” the force said in a statement.
“In the event of any achievement/major incident in the field, the DG and senior officers promptly visit them to raise their morale,” it added.
This comes days after BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav’s had uploaded a video on a social network site claiming about the “poor quality food” being served to security personnel deployed along the border. Union Home ministry had ordred a probe after the video created uproar.
(With inputs from the PTI)