Confronted with questions over the standard of meals, the BSF has commissioned an evaluation by the DRDO to analyse the standard and amount of meals being served to jawans and officers of the paramilitary power, and likewise counsel measures to enhance doable shortcomings.
The transfer comes over a 12 months after a BSF jawan had posted a video on a social media website claiming watery soup-like dal and burnt chappatis have been being served to personnel.
BSF director common (DG) KK Sharma advised PTI in an interview that the first-of-its-kind step was taken on the advice of a parliamentary panel that took up the problem lately.
“We’re getting a examine performed from a DRDO (Defence Analysis and Growth Organisation) laboratory to analyse the standard of the meals being served in BSF messes. These consultants are additionally speaking to the personnel who put together the meals, run the unit mess and likewise those that eat it.”
“Whereas a remaining report is awaited, what we’ve got been made to know is that each the standard and amount of our meals for jawans and officers has been discovered to be greater than passable as a part of the examine,” the paramilitary power’s chief mentioned.
The DRDO’s Defence Meals Analysis Laboratory (DFRL) based mostly in Mysore in Karnataka is conducting the evaluation.
The DFRL is a particular laboratory to conduct analysis and growth associated to dietary and dietary necessities of safety personnel.
A parliamentary panel, in its report, had famous that there was an “antagonistic report on social media” concerning the high quality of meals being served to BSF personnel.
“The committee (members) are of the view that offering good high quality meals to CAPFs (Central Armed Police Forces) personnel will not be solely essential to hold them wholesome and match but additionally for reinforcing their morale.”
“The committee, subsequently, advisable mechanism be put in place for testing meals gadgets being equipped to CAPFs on the supply of provide itself, whereby it’s examined and authorized in respect of dietary values, hygiene and labelled as match for consumption,” the report had said.
Sharma mentioned that an inner inquiry carried out by the BSF after its jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav posted a video on social media claiming unhealthy meals was being served, had discovered that the standard and amount of meals being served was by no means a problem among the many forces’ personnel.
Yadav had in January final 12 months posted a video on Fb that confirmed a meal field comprising a watery soup-like dal, which he claimed had solely turmeric and salt, and a burnt chapatti.
The DG mentioned three quick supervisory officers of Yadav’s unit — a Deputy Inspector Normal (DIG), a Commandant and a Firm Commander (Assistant Commandant)– have been shifted after the incident as punishment and on grounds of “failure of command.”
The officers didn’t know constable is going through issues and complaining about one thing, which can or is probably not mistaken, he mentioned.
“They received to know when the jawan uploaded one thing (on social media). So, it’s the failure of the supervisory officers in having a correct join with the subordinates. One should know what is occurring.
“This was recognized as a weak point of the officers and failure of command they usually have been shifted. This motion was not undertaken as a result of the meals was unhealthy,” Sharma mentioned.
He mentioned the realm alongside the Line of Management the place Yadav was posted is below the operational command of the Military and the meals is equipped by them at these places.
“It’s largely tinned meals at these high-altitude and tough places. The complete ration course of has been decentralised by us on the Worldwide Border (IB) the place we’ve got our unbiased command,” he mentioned.
The DG added that Yadav, final 12 months in April, was sacked and cost sheeted for indiscipline and importing a video in violation of guidelines.
Such conduct “can’t be tolerated” in a safety power and this motion was not taken in opposition to him for complaining concerning the high quality of meals, he mentioned.
Sharma reiterated that the BSF,as an organisation, has taken a coverage resolution that using sensible telephones and social media won’t be disallowed regardless of this incident.
“I really feel why ought to I punish 2.5 lakh folks simply because the error of 1 man. In the event that they wish to improve their data and communicate with their household through the use of the Web, then why ought to I cease them?” the DG mentioned.
“We’ve simply advised our personnel that social media and Web must be used sensibly and something that they obtain on social media shouldn’t be believed with out verifying its authenticity,” Sharma mentioned.
The BSF is tasked to protect the 2 vital and delicate Indian borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh and it additionally renders quite a lot of inner safety duties throughout the nation together with endeavor anti-Naxal operations in Chhattisgarh and Odisha.