After the video of a Border Security Force person demonstrating low-quality meal being served to them on the border covered with snow in Jammu and Kashmir, more such video clips have been to the social networking sites. An army jawan, a Central Reserve Police Force constable was also among them, complaining about exploitation and deprivation by senior officials.
BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav’s video has already created an uncomfortable situation for the government, now these new video clips have put more pressure on the Home Ministry.
A video clip posted by a CRPF constable got viral in the online networking sites in which the CRPF jawan has been seen requesting equality in pay and other benefits amongst armed force and paramilitary forces, referring to the troublesome assignments they had to accept.
The CRPF, the biggest paramilitary force of the country, immediately took responsibility and told that they have taken notice of the issues raised by the jawan, who distinguished himself as Jeet Singh while posting the video.
CRPF Director General K Durga Prasad told that the video was an old one. The jawan had benefit related grievances and was looking for equality in pay and different benefits. An officer of the rank as ‘Inspector General’ has made contact with him. K Durga made a clear statement that if there were any issues to the troops, they would talk to them immediately.
Another video clip revealed by Lance Naik Y P Singh, claimed about exploitation by his senior officers. He was forced to polish their shoes. He was also threatened to lose his job if he could not carry out their orders. In the video, Lance Naik Yagya Pratap Singh, posted in 42 Infantry Brigade in Dehradun, said in the wake of composing the letter to the Prime Minister, the Defence Minister, the President and to the Supreme Court in the month of June a year ago. His Brigade got a response from the PMO requesting to investigate grievances of the jawan.
Singh informed in his video that with this aftermath, his bosses in the Brigade began irritating him furthermore started an enquiry, which could bring about his court-martial.
Lance Naik Y P Singh said, “I had quite recently composed an application to the PM in which I had recently said that fighters, who go about as ‘sahayaks’, ought not to be permitted to clean shoes of officers. At the point when the PMO composed a letter requesting that the Brigade to investigate the matter, the Brigadier…everyone put weight on me and tormented me to such a level, to the point that I could have made an extreme step. However, I won’t board suicide or act in any capacity or against anybody that will discolour the name of my administration”.
In the interim, the CRPF DG a said this pattern of airing grievances was ‘not the most beneficial and right’ route and there was a requirement for the officers to cooperate more with the workforce to guarantee that they stay in contact with them to keep away from such occurrences.
These similar incidents converged to one concept that exploitation has been prevailing in forces like BSF, CRPF, and Army etc. for a long period of time. Men from these forces, especially belonging to the bottom level, have been suffering from exploitations for a long period of time. Even sometimes they raised their voices also, but their voices got subdued by creating pressure on themselves. But, immediately after publishing of BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav’s video in the social media websites, they got the confidence to raise their voice.
Now, the exploited men of the several forces are fearless to raise their voice, although there is every possible chance of being court-martialed. The government should immediately take action on the tendency of exploiting and behaviour of the ‘senior officials’, which has become a trend for a prolonged period of time. Otherwise, suppressing of the voices of allegation cannot be a permanent solution.