After the video of a BSF man showing poor quality food being served to them on the icy border in Jammu and Kashmir drew outrage, more such clips have emerged on the social media, including those of an army jawan and a CRPF constable complaining about deprivation and harassment by seniors.
Reacting to the claims made in a video by CRPF constable Jeet Singh that facilities to the paramilitary personnel were below par in contrast to the Army, Rijiju told reporters, "Several things have come to light and we are taking them seriously".
"We don't have ex-servicemen quota, no medical facilities", he said adding that facilities given to army personnel are superior to paramilitary forces and is discrimination, he added. I also request the Prime Minister to conduct a probe into the matter. There are proper channels of grievance redressal in every force where every jawan can raise such issues instead of putting it on social media, which officers caution, could be risky as these forces are engaged in the frontline of the nation's internal security. In accordance with the recommendations of the sixth Pay Commission, pension to government servants was stopped in 2006 and instead a contributory pension was introduced.
CRPF Director General Durga Prasad was fully supportive of Singh. "What he did is not wrong... he showed the truth... he has just made a demand for good food and 'roti.' To say that he has a mental problem is wrong".
Jeet also mentioned that the CRPF jawans are asked to attend various tasks, right from securing any religious event to being on election duty, but still they are deprived of the facilities. "We do not want to blame any government, because they give everything we need, but our senior officials sell everything (for their own profit)", the jawans can be seen saying. What will we do when leaving the force after 20 years?
Singh also complains about the retirement benefits of the CRPF soldiers.
But despite doing all this, he continues, there is a vast difference in the facilities provided to the Indian Army and those given to the CRPF. Another retired IPS officer, who worked in BSF but requested anonymity, said that government provides cash for ration of BSF jawans at worldwide border with Pakistan or Bangladesh.
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