Food quality for soldiers being improved: Defence Ministry

Food quality for soldiers being improved: Defence Ministry

SRINAGAR: After some armed forces personnel posted videos online complaining about the quality of food provided to them, the union government on Tuesday said it was making several improvements based on the ‘feedback’ from troops and ‘advice of scientific bodies’.
Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre informed the Rajya Sabha Tuesday that the improvement in quality of food was “ongoing process”.
According to Bhamre, there will be an increase in scale of meat and chicken (broiler) for JCOs and ORs and authorisation of chilled or frozen meat and chicken as basic ration at 136 stations.
The government will also be introducing ‘ready to eat vegetables’ in retort pouches with longer shelf life, the minister said.
“There will be extension of Special Rations of Siachen Glacier to troops across the country anywhere above 12000 feet,” he added.
Earlier in January, Tej Bahadur Yadav of the Border Security Force posted a video online, complaining about ‘bad food’.  Pointing towards burnt bread and lentils the soldier said in the clip, “This is the quality of the food we get … how can a jawan do his duty?”
The video was widely circulated on social media networks. Following the controversy, the soldiers were directed not to post any online complaints.

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