BSF Jawan's Food Complaint: Court Orders Home Ministry To Respond On Plea
Jan 18 2017 by Desiree Burns
Border Security Force (BSF) jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav's wife, Sharmila Yadav, on Saturday demanded a CBI probe into her husband's allegations of getting poor quality food at service.
On Monday, BSF DG K.K. Sharma met Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and handed over the report where it was said that there was no compromise on quality and quantity of food served to jawans.
The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the Centre about steps taken following a BSF constable's allegation that troopers posted along the Line of Control (LoC) are served meagre and poor quality food.
BSF's counsel, Gaurang Kanth, argued that a spot investigation had already been done after the videos came to light, and that nothing was found as alleged by Yadav. However, we would like to see their report. "Whatever report you have, place before the court on next date of hearing, February 27", the bench said.
Kanth submitted the report which read, 'Things are in order.
The petition filed by a former Central government employee, Puran Chand Arya.
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They said the Home Ministry is looking at the issue of overall welfare policy for constabulary and how to improve their conditions as well as quality of food and directed the BSF to give a detailed report along with suggestions to improve conditions of jawans. The court however, refused to entertain the petitioner's request to issue a direction to the force to refrain from taking action against Yadav.
Bahadur, part of the BSF's 29th Battalion, had posted a video on social media showing poor food arrangements at his camp on the border.
The MHA, however, was not satisfied with this response and sought more clarity from the force on its report.
Another PIL which soughts to depute higher officers to supervise cooking of proper healthy food and its distribution was filed by advocate Abhishek Kumar Choudhary.