A day after the videos of a Border Security Force (BSF) soldier highlighting the hardships faced by them went viral on social media, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said that a high-level inquiry has been ordered into the videos. “Taken serious note of a BSF Jawan video. But during my regular visit to border posts, I find high level of satisfactions amongst the jawans. Welfare of our Security Forces guarding the borders & other difficult areas are absolute priority. Any anomaly will be dealt with firmly,” Rijiju tweeted on Tuesday.
In a series of videos, a soldier, who claims to be from the 29th battalion of the Border Security Force in Jammu and Kashmir, said, “From morning to evening we work, standing in all weather conditions. No matter the rain, no matter the snow, in all conditions we do our duty, but neither the media nor any minister pay heed to our problems.”
Identified as Tej Bahadur Yadav, the soldier shares the reality of living in the border areas. He claims that they are not properly fed and blamed it on corruption at top levels in the services. The videos aim to highlight the plight of the jawans.
Yadav’s videos have drawn a strong and sharp response from social media users. Some have blamed him for seeking needless publicity and some have gone on a government-bashing spree.