A BSF soldier has alleged that troops are served poor quality food in a series of video uploaded on social media
Rajnath Singh has ordered a report from the BSF on the allegations
The soldier claimed that officers sold the food rations illegally
NEW DELHI: Home minister Rajnath Singh sought a detailed report from the Border Security Force (BSF) on allegations of substandard food being served to soldiers deployed along the India-Pakistan border.
"I have seen a video regarding a BSF jawan's plight. I have asked the home secretary to immediately seek a report from the BSF and take appropriate action," Rajnath wrote in a tweet today.
The home minister was referring to videos shared by a BSF soldier on social media, which shows the poor quality of food that is allegedly being served to the troops. The jawan claims they have to go "empty stomach" at times when the food is inedible.
"We only get a parantha and tea as breakfast and this is without any pickle or vegetables... we slog for 11 hours and must stand throughout the duty hours. For lunch, we get dal 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?" says constable Tej Bahadur Yadav of the BSF's 29th battalion in the video.
Yadav goes on to say that he doesn't blame the government for their plight. Rather, it is the higher-ups and officers "sell off" the essentials procured for them by the government in an "illegal" manner and pocket the money, he claims.
"No one shows our plight. This is deliberate cruelty and injustice against us," Yadav said. He demanded a probe into the matter.
The BSF took cognisance of the video and tweeted that an inquiry has been ordered.
"BSF is highly sensitive to the welfare of its troops. Individual aberrations, if any, are enquired into. A senior officer has already reached the location," the force's official Twitter handle posted today.
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