A storm has engulfed the Border Security Force, courtesy of one jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav. His revelations about the poor quality food and living conditions (through videos) have brought the BSF under the radar. He had maintained that the officers sell the food items, that rightfully belong to the Jawans, to outsiders.
Revelation upon revelation is emerging. First Yadav said that he’s been transferred from the camp to the headquarters and handed the job of a plumber. Then his wife claimed that he went missing.
And now, the BSF camp neighbouring civilians, in Srinagar, have admitted to the trading that takes place between them and the BSF officials, suggests a Times of India report.
The report states that the shopkeepers around the Humhama BSF Camp, near the Srinagar Airport, benefit in terms of petrol, diesel and food from BSF officers, according to a Jawan and certain civilians.
A Jawan said, “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.“
“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,” said a civil contractor.
A furniture dealer revealed that the BSF officers, who buy furniture, ask for a commission higher than the dealer’s earnings. “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 dealer said.
Yadav’s claims have been corroborated, as we can see. A BSF inquiry into Yadav’s allegations is underway and its results shall hopefully reveal the truth.
H/T: The Times of India