After jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav came out with a video showing alleged poor quality food that is being given to the soldiers, BSF has now come out with fresh guidelines for maintaining high quality of food for its personnel along the border.
The BSF jawan had shown the poor quality of daal and parantha that through a series of four videos on social media which went viral and threw BSF in a loop of questions.
The Union Home Ministry had directed it to file a complete report on allegations of substandard food made by a soldier posted along the LoC.
BSF Director General K K Sharma met Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and submitted a second interim report on the allegations made by Tej Bahadur Yadav on a video that was uploaded on social networking sites.
Sooner, the paramilitary force came out with a statement announcing six measures for providing quality food for its jawans posted along the border.
“Issues related to 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.
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 are kept as among other steps in fresh guidelines.
In its second interim report, BSF stated that the daal shown in the jawan's video was uncanned from tinned food ration and the parantha was cooked in the unit mess as per procedures followed at high-altitude locations.
According to officials, reports also mentions that the daal shown in the video by Yadav was uncanned straight from the tinned food ration supply sent to the border post in Rajouri and hence was bland and devoid of spices and 'jeera', as alleged by Yadav. A final report in this regard is yet to be submitted by BSF.
With PTI Inputs