Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has ordered an inquiry into the allegations of a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan, whose videos posted on social networking site Facebook talking of bad quality food given to the personnel at the Line of Control (LOC) in Jammu and Kashmir and corruption by higher officials, is being widely shared across the nation.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Singh tweeted on Monday night saying he had seen the video and that he has sought a report from the BSF to take appropriate action.
In videos uploaded on Facebook, the jawan claimed that while government procures essentials for them, the higher-ups and officers “sell it off” in an “illegal” manner in the market.
In four different videos released online, constable Tej Bahadur Yadav of BSF’s 29th battalion talks about the kind of conditions soldiers work under and also goes on to show the kind of food that is allegedly being served.
"We only get a 'parantha' and tea as breakfast without any pickle or vegetables... For lunch, we get 'dal' (pulses) which only has 'haldi' (turmeric) and salt... with roti. This is the quality of the food we get... we slog for 11 hours and at times we have to stand throughout the duty hours... how can a jawan do his duty? " he is heard saying in the video.
"The government supplies everything but it gets stolen by senior officials," the jawan says. Alleging that his life could be under threat for speaking up against the "powerful" officials, he also asks Prime Minister Narendra Modi to order an inquiry into the matter.
BSF took cognisance of the video and tweeted from its official handle that an inquiry has been ordered.