BSF jawan stirs-up defence pot in video; Rajnath orders action

Alleges being subjected to stale food and empty stomach, Jawan in video was court-martialed in 2010, says IG BSF
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NEW DELHI
10 Jan 2017

A BSF jawan, deployed along the Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kashmir, has alleged that troops are facing "cruelty" as they are served bad quality food and even have to go "empty stomach" at times, prompting Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to order "appropriate action". In videos uploaded on social media platforms, the jawan, 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. While the border guarding force said it has initiated an inquiry and sent a Deputy Inspector General rank officer to the place of his deployment, the home minister took to Twitter to say he 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," Singh tweeted. In at least three different videos clocking over 4-minutes released online, constable T B Yadav (40) of BSF's 29th battalion also goes on to show the food that is allegedly being served to him. "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 said he "may not be here" hinting action might be taken against him for shooting and uploading the video a s he urged people to take the issue forward so that corrective action is taken. He further 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(troops). Individual aberrations, if any, are enquired into. A senior officer has already rchd (reached) the location," the force tweeted after tagging the video. 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 retir The BSF today said the constable, who claimed poor quality food was being served to soldiers on the LoC, was court-martialed in 2010 for indiscipline and aiming a gun at a senior officer even as it assured of a thorough probe into his allegations. "A high-level enquiry is underway as the BSF has taken the allegations leveled by the constable very seriously. "However, prima facie it was found that no other jawan deployed at the same place had any problem with the quality of food being served to them," IG BSF DK Upadhyaya told reporters here. The IG said DIG level officers who visited the camp earlier had never received any complaint similar to the allegations raised by Constable Tej Bahadur Yadav. "Even Yadav never raised any complaint earlier when the DIG went to the post," he said. He said the constable has been a habitual offender and was court-martialed in 2010 for indiscipline and pointing a gun at a senior officer. "It is reality. He has many complaints against him including intoxication, insubordination, aiming a gun at a senior officer. He was court-martialed in 2010. But keeping in view his family and his children, he was not dismissed from the service but was given a rigorous imprisonment of 89 days," the IG said. Upadhyaya said Yadav has applied for a voluntary retirement from the force and was to leave the services on January 31.