NEW DELHI: The BSF jawan who, in a video posted on Facebook, alleged that troops were being treated with “cruelty” because they were being served bad quality food and even slept on “empty stomach” at times, on Tuesday said that he stood by his account and will not take down the video.
“It took a lot of courage to post the video and when it will be examined, the truth will come out,” BSF soldier Tej Badur Yadav of the 29 battalion Seema Suraksha Bal told News18. “I was asked to take down the video but I refused,” he said.
Minister of State (MoS) for Home Kiren Rijiju took a serious note of the issue, saying that welfare of the security forces guarding the borders is absolute priority of the government.
Taking to Twitter Rijiju said, “Welfare of our security forces guarding the borders and other difficult areas are absolute priority. Any anomaly will be dealt with firmly.”
Rijiju, however, said that he found high level of satisfactions amongst the jawans during his regular visit to border posts.
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Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has sought a report from the Home Secretary and directed him to take appropriate action on the same.
Singh took to his official Twitter handle to express his concern. “I have seen a video regarding a BSF jawan’s plight. I have asked the HS to immediately seek a report from the BSF & take appropriate action,” he said.
In videos uploaded on social media platforms, the jawan, wearing camouflage uniform and carrying a rifle, claimed that while the government procured essentials for them, the higher-ups and officers “sell it off” in an “illegal” manner in the market, leaving them to suffer.
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In the video, he says, “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, adding, “It is atyachaar (cruelty) and anyay (injustice) against us.” He also said he “may not be here”, hinting action might be taken against him for shooting and uploading the video as he urged people to take the issue forward so that corrective action could be taken.
An official statement from the BSF rejected the soldier’s claims, saying that even though conditions for soldiers were tough, they were provided with regular rations while asserting that the jawan in particular had a troubled past.
A senior BSF official said that Yadav was currently deployed along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir and the BSF jawans there worked under the operational command of the army which also provides for “food and other logistics of the jawans”.
(With agency inputs)