Days after a BSF jawan raised issues regarding food quality being served to its personnel, BSF has maintained that there was no scarcity of rations and soldiers deployed along the border have never complained about its quality, in a report submitted to the Home Ministry on Thursday.
Reportedly, the Border Security Force said that there was no lack of any kind of food at the post wherein jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav who had raised the issue, is serving. It also said that no one from the soldiers posted there had complained about food quality when a senior officer visited there last week.
Rations at the post on the LoC are provided by the army and is being cooked by BSF personnel assigned to the task.
In the report, the BSF also said that ‘daal’ shown in the jawan’s video was uncanned from tinned food ration. Besides, ‘parantha’ was cooked in the unit mess.
The grievance of Yadav could be an outcome of some other issues faced by him, said the sources.
However, the BSF and the home ministry are actively probing the jawan’s complaint and taking all feasible steps.
Yadav claimed in the videos that while government procures essentials for them, the seniors and officers “sell it off” in an “illegal” manner.
He had said, “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.”
Soon after his videos got viral, home minister and union minister said, a probe will be ordered into the concerns.