The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Thursday sought a report from the home ministry about BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav’s allegation that poor-quality food being served to paramilitary troops at border areas.
Yadav’s wife today said her husband is being pressured to withdraw his complaint and apologise.
“He told me that he is being pressured to take the complaint back and apologise,” the BSF jawan’s wife Sharmila told ANI.
Earlier on Wednesday, Sharmila backed her husband asserting that what he did was not wrong, as his intention was to expose the truth. “If my husband were mentally unstable or indisciplined, why was he given a rifle by the BSF to guard the country’s border in crucial areas?” asked Sharmila.
“My husband’s problem is that he is in the habit of not tolerating injustice, for which he has suffered during his service tenure,” Sharmila told TOI on Wednesday. Around 90 lakh people have watched the video and around 4.4 lakh have shared it on social media in three days.
Talking to TOI over the phone from Rewari in Haryana, Sharmila claimed her husband won a gold medal after completing his training and before being inducted into the BSF. She also claimed to be in possession of 14 awards given to him by BSF authorities in his 20-year career.
The home ministry ordered a probe into Yadav’s claims, but BSF IG DK Upadhyaya asserted on Tuesday that Yadav has earlier been accused of insubordination and intoxication and was facing a court martial.
The BSF yesterday came out with fresh guidelines to maintain high standards of food for its personnel along the border. The Union home ministry directed the BSF to file a complete report on the allegations about substandard food.
BSF Director General K K Sharma met Union home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and submitted a second interim report on the allegations made by Yadav.
The BSF chief avoided queries from the media after his meeting, but the paramilitary force came out with a statement in the evening announcing six measures to provide quality food for its jawans posted along the border.
“Issues related to the diet of jawans, issues of ration purchase procedures and pilferages thereof are the issues of prime concern for any organisation. BSF has taken a holistic view of the situation and follow -up process has been swung into action (sic),” the statement said and listed audit of prevalent system by team of senior commanding officers as one of the measures.
Among other steps taken by the BSF are chalking out shortcomings of the present process, suggesting procedural and systematic improvements, vigilance for double checks, enhancing formal and informal interactions with jawans and introduction of systemic innovations to ensure cashless transactions in all messes.
In its second interim report, the BSF stated that the ‘daal’ shown in the jawan’s video was tinned food ration and the ‘parantha’ was cooked in the unit mess as per procedures followed at high-altitude locations.