At least 400 jawans attached to the CRPF camp at Pallipuram were taken ill due to food poisoning. They were admitted to various hospitals in the city following complaints of diarrhoea and vomiting after consuming food. This is not the first time that jawans are facing this problem. Whenever, they tried to complain, the authorities abused them calling a disciplinary action. Jawans have no voice in this rich country, where suited booted politicians and common man gets secured at the cost of their life. This is more dangerous than even fighting the war. There should be a probe and make sure that it doesn’t happen again and again. Substandard food is served to these jawans which is just not enough for them to cope up with situations around.
Do you remember, BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav, who posted a video alleging that troops were being served bad quality food, his wife Sharmila Yadav in a shocking revelation said that her husband was forced to retire and added that he was later put under arrest. She also claimed that he was being mentally tortured. Anyhow, her husband managed to call up using someone else’s phone and said that he was under arrest and being threatened and mentally tortured.
The videos uncover the miserable state of affairs in the armed force and the hardships our soldiers face every day due to the “corrupt practices” of their own officers. Army or paramilitary jawans usually don’t speak against seniors fearing strict punishment. However, Jawan Tej Bahadur of 29 battalion showed courage, may be because of his anxiety, to talk about that humiliation without caring about the penalties. Since Modi government came to power, Jawans were their political tool for everything. Every issue raised that nation suffered was compared to the Jawan on boarder and voice of citizen were made silenced. However, these videos tell many untold stories; it exposes the condition of Jawans. The video of Bahadur presents a different picture. Half-baked chapatis and uneatable daal are what the jawans get in their lunch. One chapatti with tea in the breakfast, in an extreme climate they have to sustain on this low quality and insufficient food. The Jawan also said he may face dire consequences by his seniors for exposing the truth but he was not mush worried for himself. In fact, the videos, that have gone viral, may discourage young aspirants from joining the armed force. Nobody can say anything. If they complain, action will be taken against them. Many retired BSF jawans have left the force because of this. There is ample truth in the video. Nobody can deny this fact as told in the video. Justice should be done to the jawans. Yadav in the video has taken extraordinary courage to show the truth to the world. This is definitely happening in BSF and other forces. It is nothing new, of course the digital nation now enable people to share such heinous crime in open. Corruption and demoralization goes hand in hand.
Since then many Jawans voiced their opinion against the quality of food that they are served and the harassment they are facing from authorities. However, government has no time to look into their matters. Jawans are left to live with agony. Particularly, the top brass used to eat away all privileges meant for jawans, even rations. Earlier, officers were not entitled for free ration, and they incorporated the same in their favour. Corruption is rampant in defence forces. Particularly, these officers pose themselves like British use to behave with Indian soldiers and citizens. The video suggests that our jawans are not just exposed to the security threat from across the border and the elements, but are also subjected to humiliation and insult when it comes to their daily meals which are both substandard and insufficient. In fact, they even sleep empty stomach at times, the video reveals.
Neither the media, nor any minister tries to take a note on how are they going through this (harsh weather). Their conditions are still worst. Bahadur was seen saying in the video. Repeating that he is not blaming the government as food and other amenities are being supplied, Yadav further asserted that their rations are sold in the market, calling for a probe into the situation. He also requested Prime Minister to look into the matter. He was very well prepared for the consequences that he was going to face, but still he was expressing his concern for jawans.
To cover up entire saga, a senior BSF official passed a statement to media stating that, Yadav was given four major punishments in the past and issued admonishments for alleged violation of discipline. Though, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has ordered an enquiry after being told that the troops are served bad quality food and sometimes they even go hungry. In three different videos, clocking over 4-minutes and released online, shows the food that is being allegedly served to him. It is very shameful for the country to treat its soldiers with sheer neglect. The Border Security Force (BSF) had rejected claims made by a soldier. The armed forces should integrate and voice their concerns. Yadav has begun the fight hope many more join him in future. An army marches on it stomach, every corrupt officer should be held accountable. Made to repay every rupee they stole. The generals should ensure measures and checks are put in place, including random visits to check what supplies were bought and what value, against what is being served to the soldiers.
There should be no recrimination against any Jawan if they are addressing their issues. However, the force orders for a full investigation into the allegations made by jawans but then there is no outcome or answer to that particular situation. People too have short memory and they forget the previous issue till another incidence occurs. BJP is one such government who baked bread in the name of Jawans and this is the only government where atrocities towards never got addressed.
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