Srinagar: Soon after the video of Border Security Force constable Tej Bahadur Singh complaining of the poor quality of food served to BSF soldiers went viral, a CRPF constable, Jeet Singh, took to social media to appeal to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to give equal facilities to personnel employed with the paramilitary force.
The video says that despite the fact the CRPF does a commendable job offering round-the-clock security to public and business establishments, and high-profile personalities, as well as conducting poll duty, there’s a “discrimination” between the services and facilities offered to personnel employed by the Indian Army and that by the CRPF.
“We don’t get canteen facility. We don’t even get medical facilities… Our pension has stopped.. We don’t even get our holidays in time. (And) our duty is always the maximum,” Singh says in the video.
“We don’t have any problem with the facilities given to the Indian Army. They should get the facilities. But why is this discrimination towards us?” he asks.
Singh also highlights the work that the CRPF does, saying, “We offer security during polls whether it’s a Lok Sabha, Vidhan Sabha or municipal or a gram panchayat election. We secure the public sites like airports, religious shrines, temples, mosques, gurudwaras.”
“There are many govt schools and colleges where you are paying teachers salaries up to Rs 50,000 or Rs 60,000. They spend vacations at home while we spend our time in the jungles of Chattisgarh and Jharkhand and in the Valley of Kashmir. A CRPF jawan neither gets any welfare benefits nor does a CRPF jawan receive holidays on time,” Singh complains. (Courtesy Firstpost)