BSF jawan’s video alleging irregularities in food supply went viral, Rajnath Singh orders inquiry

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BSF shifted Yadav from the Line of Control to the headquarters.

A BSF jawan posted a series of videos talking of near starvation diet given to the personnel at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

Tej Bahadur Yadav from the 29th battalion of the Border Security Force says how they are not being fed properly because of the corruption at top levels.

“From moring to evening we work, standing in all weather conditions. No matter the rain, no matter the snow, in all conditions we do our duty, but neither the media nor any ministry pay heed to our problems,” Yadav says in the first video.

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“This is breakfast- one burnt parantha and a glass of tea…no butter, no jam, no pickle… Can a jawan do his duty with this kind of food? Share this video as much as possible and take our message to the government. Jai Hind!” he says looking straight into the camera.

The 40-year-old Jawan films dinner being cooked in semi-darkness. “Dal with only haldi (turmeric) and salt. No onion, no garlic, no seasoning… not even cumin,” he complains.

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The soldier appeals Prime Minister Narendra Modi to order an investigation and adds that “anything can happen to me after I put out this video.”

Soon after the videos went viral, Home Minister Rajnath Singh ordered an inquiry into the matter. Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju also said “any anomaly will be dealt with firmly”.

The Border Security Force, which ordered a “fair and transparent” probe, claimed that Yadav is alcoholic and shifted him from the Line of Control to the headquarters of his 29 battalion in Poonch.

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“Different correction mechanics have been applied as he was habitual offender of absenteeism without permission, chronic alcoholism, misbehaving and using force with superior officers and certain other acts against good order and discipline,” a statement from the force read.