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People living near BSF's J&K camp say officers sell rations to civilians at half the

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People living near BSF's J&K camp say officers sell rations to civilians at half the

Civilians living near paramilitary forces' camps, particularly those of the Border Security Force (BSF), say officers sell fuel and food provisions meant for the personnel to outsiders at half the market rate.

The "disclosure" made by jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav
of the BSF's 29th Battalion in videos on social media supplements accusations of shady dealings by paramilitary officers, particularly those posted to border areas.​

Shopkeepers near the Humhama BSF headquarters near Srinagar airport are beneficiaries of petrol and diesel, and even food stores from men of rank, according to a jawan and some civilians. "They sell food items like dal and vegetables to civilians outside the camp at cheaper rates and leave us bereft of the facilities. They even deny us our daily-use items and sell the same to their agents outside the camps," a BSF jawan said on the condition of anonymity

A civil contractor added, "We get petrol from BSF officers in charge of provisions at Humhama camp at half the market rate... Other items, like rice and spices, are also available much cheaper."

A furniture dealer who requested anonymity said the "purchasing officers, while placing orders for elegant furniture for their offices, take a commission that is more than what we earn". The dealer added, "There is no e-tendering in the BSF. The officer will purchase furniture and take a commission and even compromise on the quality of the items." The story is the same when it comes to some CRPF officers. CRPF IG Ravideep Singh Sahi, who was posted to Srinagar as IG administration a month ago, said he would look into pilfering from stores for profit, if any took place at all. "The jawan is of paramount importance for the force and there should no compromise on the quality of his life when he is on duty," IG Ravideep Sahi said, adding that the CRPF had a proper mechanism for all purchases and that one could not go beyond those rules. A CRPF jawan on law and order duty in Srinagar, however, rejected the notion that the officers treated them badly. "We get quality food on time, and after duty hours we are provided proper accommodation at the concerned police stations."The BSF has ordered an inquiry into Yadav's allegations, with the report due Wednesday.


Did we root out corruption from civilian life, now we have added corruption in the military as well?
Despite Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat’s warnings of a crackdown against soldiers using social media to put out their grievances, a third video has surfaced on the Internet in which an Army jawan is seen singing songs highlighting the difficulties faced by troops on the border.According to The Hindu, the video features a Sikh soldier singing to a group of colleagues in Punjabi; unlike soldiers in the earlier videos who expressed their grievances through self-made videos. In the video, the soldier sings about the tough conditions they live in, about the quality of food they get compared to those who “go to the Taj [hotel] in cities” and about the lack of sanctioned leaves.
“It has been 10 months now, I am not getting days off; all the tears have fallen from her eyes. One who is married to us, she feels neither married nor unmarried,” The Hindu reports the soldier in the video posted on Facebook as saying.
“A few colleagues are using social media to draw the media’s attention to their problems. It affects the morale of the jawans and thereby the army… You can be held guilty of a crime… and get punished,” Gen. Rawat had warned last week while addressing the Army Day parade in Delhi Cantonment. His comments came after a second video of a jawan went viral in which he alleged discrimination by officers.
In the third video, the soldier laments about the lack of empathy shown by politicians towards the youth in the military and says that,”They go to sleep after wishing good night, we celebrate Diwali on borders…”
Just over three days ago, a CRPF constable uploaded a video on social media complaining of disparities in facilities and seeking pay parity with the Army. It was the second such video which came days after BSF constable Tej Bahadur Yadav posted a video complaining of poor quality food being served to personnel in Jammu and Kashmir, which went viral. The CRPF constable in the second video was later identified as Jeet Singh.
Taking serious note of the video posted by Yadav, the Prime Minister’s Office had asked the Union Home Ministry to submit a “detailed factual report” on the complaint and action taken.http://indianexpress.com/article/india/as-bipin-rawat-warns-of-clampdown-on-social-media-grievances-another-video-surfaces-4476598/

I think PMO should look into this, rather than muzzle it like Army chief wants to do.

Barb Dewyre When civilians are encouraged to contact the government through the social media and vice-versa, it was only a question of time before the soldiers took to it. Now that it has emerged, simply ordering it is not going to work. The grievances aired are legitimate, howsoever they were aired, and need to be addressed. Evidently the old grievance system did not work or else we would not have had such a spate of outpouring. It is also obvious that these soldiers are not scared to hide their identities since they are appearing openly on the videos. The malaise is much larger than just lack of morale and should be taken care before it effects performance.

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