Published On: Wed, Apr 19th, 2017

BSF dismisses jawan who had posted video of bad quality food

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The Border Security Force has dismissed the jawan who had complained about the sub-standard food being served to the jawans. BSF sources say that it has found Tej Bahadur Yadav guilty on certain charges of indiscipline. He has been dismissed from service as per the provisions of BSF act and rule.

Yadav had created a storm earlier this year by posting videos on social media showing that jawans posted on the border were being served low quality food, which BSF had denied. Pursuant to the video going viral on social media, the Prime Minister’s Office had sought a detailed factual report on it from the Union home ministry and BSF.

A PIL was also filed in the Delhi high court seeking a direction to the government to depute higher officers to supervise cooking of proper healthy food and its distribution. It sought a status report regarding the quality of food served to soldiers along the LoC.

“The issues of disobedience framed against him (Yadav) pertained to going on hunger strike and carrying a mobile phone while on duty. He was asked to eat but he did not follow the instruction. As far as mobiles are concerned, there is a general order for all BSF troopers, which prohibits them from carrying mobile phones while on duty,” said a senior official on condition of anonymity as he was not allowed to talk to the media.

Deployed along the Indo-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir, Yadav had alleged that troops were served bad quality food and even had to manage with an “empty stomach” sometimes, prompting the border guarding force to initiate an inquiry.

“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?

Following this video going viral on the social media, the prime minister’s office had sought a detailed report from the home ministry and the BSF. A petition was also filed in the Delhi High Court seeking a direction to the government to depute higher officers to supervise cooking of proper healthy food and its distribution.

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