Srinagar: “This is breakfast – one burnt parantha and a glass of tea…no butter, no jam, no pickle…” says a BSF soldier in one of his Facebook videos that have gone viral.
Border Security Force (BSF) soldier Tej Bahadur Yadav has released three videos highlighting the plight government forces are facing while performing their duty in Jammu and Kashmir.
As per reports Home Minister Rajnath Singh yesterday ordered an inquiry into the soldier’s three videos alleging poor food and near starvation in the bitterly cold frontlines of Jammu and Kashmir.
Reports said that after the videos, the soldier has been shifted from the Line of Control (LoC) to the headquarters of his 29 battalion in Poonch.
In one of the videos, Tej Bahadur Yadav films dinner being cooked in semi-darkness. “Dal with only haldi (turmeric) and salt. No onion, no garlic, no seasoning…not even cumin,” the soldier complains. He also berates his comrades for cooking without any light.
In another video, the 40-year-old soldier, carrying a rifle, says: “This is the quality of the food we get… we are on duty for 11 hours in the snow and at times we have to stand throughout… how can a jawan do his duty? ” Often, he claims, jawans go to bed on an empty stomach.
“The government’s store is full but everything is sold. I appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to order an investigation,” says the soldier, also alleging that “anything can happen to me after I put out this video.”
“I have seen a video regarding a BSF jawan’s plight. I have asked the HS to immediately seek a report from the BSF & take appropriate action,” Tweeted Rajnath Singh.