Days after a Border Security Force (BSF) soldier alleged in a video that troops are served bad quality food, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday briefed the media:
Here is what all he said:
#If he is unsatisfied with the action taken, he can choose other ways (of voicing his grievance)
#If a soldier writes to us regarding his grievances penning down his identity; will ensure that his identity is not made public
#Avoid complaints on social media
#While we've challenges along our borders, we've to be concerned about proxy war, terror that are affecting secular fabric of our nation
#Grievance boxes have been placed in Army HQs, whoever has a complaint can submit there, we will address
#Whoever has any kind of problem can directly approach me
The jawan also alleged that the soldiers even have to go “empty stomach” at times, prompting the border guarding force to initiate an inquiry.
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.
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. He said he “may not be here” hinting action might be taken against him and 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.