PMO seeks report on personnel's grievances

PMO seeks report on personnel's grievances

 After two paramilitary personnel’s grievance videos go viral, the Prime Minister’s Office on Thursday sought a report from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on allegations of poor quality food being served to soldiers deployed on the border.

The PMO action follows BSF constable Tej Bahadur Yadav posting a video on social media about the poor quality of food and other conditions. Another video of a CRPF jawan alleging discrimination has also gone viral.

Meanwhile, Yadav’s wife has claimed that her husband is being forced to withdraw his complaint and apologise.

“He told me that he is being forced to take the complaint back and apologise,” Yadav's wife Sharmila was quoted by ANI as saying.

The BSF has submitted an interim report to MHA, besides issuing fresh guidelines for maintaining high quality standards with food for its personnel along the border. The Union home ministry has directed the BSF to file a detailed report on the allegations.

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said the government was taking all complaints of “inferior treatment” meted out to paramilitary personnel “seriously” and corrective steps would be taken.

“Several things have come to light and we are taking them seriously. We are taking this issue (CRPF) seriously. We will ensure that such complaints do not recur,” Rijiju told reporters.

Acknowledging that there was a need to upgrade the quality of food, he said the government was working on it.

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