After BSF, now CRPF jawan exposes hardship they face

Border Security Force is forced to respond to claims it's serving up its soldiers 'substandard food' as Union Ministry wades into row with jawan

In the almost three-minute video, Jeet Singh, a 26-year-old from Mathura now deployed at Mount Abu, sends a message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking help. Now another video, this time by a CRPF constable, is making headlines. "I have asked the HS (Home Secretary) to immediately seek a report from the BSF & take appropriate action", Singh had tweeted. CRPF takes national as well as global missions. An inspector-general rank officer has already got in touch with him. The CRPF also has its own medical setup at the unit level.

CRPF Director General Durga Prasad was fully supportive of Singh. "He told me that he is being pressurised to take the complaint back and apologise", she said, later adding that her husband had the right to demand better food.

Border Security Jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav has garnered massive support from netizens in the last couple of days since he revealed the despicable status of the food served to the BSF Jawans at the camps.

After an Indian Border Security (BSF) soldier exposed the corruption in army, a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) constable also came in the limelight when he posted a video complaining of the scarcity of facilities in the department. "The difference is such that you will be stunned.The army has pension, we don't have anything".

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But, Singh said, instead of investigating the issue, his superiors began harassing him and also initiated an enquiry, which could potentially result in his court-martial.

The constable, who was deployed along the Line of Control in the Rajouri sector in J&K, has since been shifted to a nearby battalion pending a court of inquiry.

On the other hand, the BSF say that Yadav has been on the verge of being ejected from the forces for drinking and insubordination. There are proper channels of grievance redressal in every force where every jawan can raise such issues instead of putting it on social media, which officers caution, could be risky as these forces are engaged in the frontline of the nation's internal security.

It now remains to be seen if Rijiju will make sweeping changes in the way paramilitary soldiers are treated or just treat it like a local issue.

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