Home Min orders probe on BSF jawan’s video alleging bad food

RSTV Bureau
File Photo of Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

File Photo of Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

After a BSF jawan posted video clips alleging “cruelty” as troops are served bad quality food and even have to go “empty stomach” at times, a probe has been ordered by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. In his videos, the jawan had urged Prime Minister to look into the matters.

Tej Bahadur Yadav, a jawan with BSF’s 29th battalion, posted at the front area, uploaded three video clips on his social media paltform recently, after which they were shared by several users.

In the videos, Yadav, who is wearing camouflage uniform and carrying a rifle, claimed that while government procures essentials for them, the higher-ups and officers “sell it off” in an “illegal” manner in the market and they have to suffer.

As the issue snowballed on the social media, a probe has been ordered by the government.

While the BSF said it has initiated an inquiry and sent a Deputy Inspector General rank officer to the place of his deployment, the Union Home Minister has sought a report.

“I have seen a video regarding a BSF jawan’s plight. I have asked the HS (Home Secretary) to immediately seek a report from the BSF & take appropriate action,” Rajnath Singh tweeted.

The Border Security Force too tweeted from its official handle saying an inquiry has been ordered, “BSF is highly sensitive to the welfare of tps(troops). Individual aberrations, if any, are enquired into. A senior officer has already rchd (reached) the location,” the force tweeted after tagging the video.

In his video, Yadav is showing the food that has been served to the jawans, alleging “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,” he goes on to say.

“… No one shows our plight,” Yadav alleged, adding, “It is atyachaar (cruelty) and anyay (injustice) against us.”

A senior BSF official said Yadav is currently deployed along the LoC 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”. However, administrative tasks like cooking are done by BSF.

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.

The BSF, in a statement, also said that the jawan was a “bad hat” and the food provided to the personnel was of good quality. It said that the constable had a difficult past and needed regular counselling and different correction mechanics for his welfare.

(With inputs from the PTI)