On 9th January, 2017, a BSF Constable of 29th Battalion Tej Bahadur Yadav posted 3 videos on social networking sites about how the soldiers on border have to work for 11 hours a day in harsh climate and he complained about the quality and quantity of food that soldiers gets, saying that he is not blaming the government but the senior official sell these items and they get nothing and he also requested the Prime Minister to conduct a probe into the matter. Following this video, 2 other videos were also uploaded wherein first one he shoots a video of his breakfast claiming that soldiers get one paratha which is in half-burnt condition and in the second video he shoots the video of the kitchen where he claims that the dal only had salt and turmeric and without any onion, garlic or any other seasoning with another soldier in the background agreeing with him. These videos got viral within hours of uploading and it caught the eyes of many government officials.
To these videos, Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh said, “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.” and Kiren Rijiju said “Taken serious note of a BSF Jawan video. But during my regular visit to border posts, I find a high level of satisfactions amongst the jawans”.
The BSF stated that the BSF Constable is known to be a habitual offender and has committed offences like intoxication and insubordination and has faced disciplinary actions in the past and has also been court-martialed in 2010, but because he had a family he wasn’t dismissed from his services.
Delhi high court has issued a PIL on Tuesday seeking a status report on paramilitary forces after this complaint. The BSF was asked about steps being taken to tackle the situation and was also asked to submit a report about the same by a bench which was headed by G. Rohini, a chief justice of Delhi high court. The PIL cites the fundamental Right to Equality and Right to Life, highlighting the allegations about insufficient and poor quality food provided to soldiers.
A former Central government employee, Puran Chand Arya filed a plea regarding the videos, claiming corruption among the officers and poor working conditions.
Reported By Kamil Jafar