Ex-serviceman files PIL in Delhi HC seeking status report of paramilitary forces

In the unverified video, CRPF constable Jeet Singh is heard talking about the lack of amenities provided to paramilitary forces when compared to Army soldiers.

After receipt of the reports from the BSF and Army, the Union Home Ministry will submit the detailed report on the issue to the PMO.

But the officer objected to the route Singh took to raise the issue, saying "Recourse to social media is not the healthiest way to handle things". CRPF is highly sensitive to the welfare of its jawans. "We don't have ex-servicemen quota, no medical facilities". "What the Jawan said doesn't concern CRPF", Director General K Durga Prasad told Indiatimes.

In the wake of the ongoing row, Defence minister Manohar Parrikar said that he personally monitors the quality of food being served to Army jawans, and he has already directed that only Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)-approved chicken should be served to them.

Days after the BSF Jawan Tej Bahadur Singh revealed the hardships they face on-duty at the border in a video, a CRPF constable posted at Mount Abu uploaded a video in which he explains the differences in the facilities given to the armed security forces.

On its part, the BSF had claimed on Tuesday that Mr Yadav was court-martialled in 2010 for indiscipline and aiming a gun at a senior officer, though the paramilitary force assured a thorough investigation into his allegations.

"Different correction mechanics have been applied as he was a habitual offender of absenteeism without permission, chronic alcoholism, misbehaving and using force with superior officers and certain other acts against good order and discipline", the statement said. The constable, who was deployed along the Line of Control in the Poonch sector but has been shifted to a nearby battalion pending an inquiry, also alleged that at times they were forced to sleep on an "empty stomach".

Border Security Force soldier Tej Bahadur Yadav published a video on January 8 complaining about the quality and quantity of food provided to soldiers who are manning the Indian border.

Rijiju added that "all facilities need an update, so we are doing that".

  • Latoya Cobb