BSF comes out with fresh guidelines for maintaining high food quality

Constable Jeet Singh, who is with the CRPF academy at Mount Abu in Rajasthan, posted the video in October last.

Yadav had alleged in his videos that while the government provides enough food stock for its soldiers, it is because of some higher-ups, who sell the rations illegally to make money, that the constabulary down below is left starving. A final report in this regard is yet to be submitted by BSF. If there is any problem...we have taken that into cognizance and enquiry is going on. CRPF is highly sensitive about the welfare of its jawans. "Jeet Singh also stated that" no one understands our pain and we also don't have ex-servicemen quota and are given no medical facilities. "Yet the difference in facilities for us and the Indian Army will surprise you", he says.

A public interest litigation (PIL) was filed in the Delhi high court on Thursday seeking a status report on paramilitary forces after a Border Security Force (BSF) constable alleged that jawans posted near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir are served meagre and poor quality food. Singh compared his pay with that of the Indian Army soldiers and said that even though both the forces are required to work in the same manner, there is a huge discrimination in the pay scales.

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According to the CRPF, Jeet Singh had raised these issues when protests demanding "one-rank-one-pension" took place a year ago, and the force had already discussed the issue with the 7th pay commission. "He told me that he is being pressurised to take the complaint back and apologise", she said, later adding that her husband had the right to demand better food.

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.

BSF DG K K Sharma has conveyed the ministry that the western front commander (ADG) of the force along with a dietician has been rushed to the border post, where Tej Bahadur posted, for knowing the conditions as well as inquiry. Not just the CRPF but other DGs of other armed forces have raised these issues.

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