Army chief warns jawans using social media for grievances

A BSF jawan had ealier shared 4 videos on his Facebook profile, with shots of runny dal and dried chappatis with him adding that there are times when a soldier goes to sleep empty stomach.

Army chief warns jawans using social media for grievances

Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat on Sunday warned Indian soldiers who are using social media to express their complaints, saying it affects the morale of the jawans and those can be held guilty of a crime.

Addressing the Army Day function, Rawat said proper channels are in place for jawans to put across their grievances and if they don't use such eways to air their grievances they will be liable to be punished.


“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,” the army chief was quoted by The Hindu as saying.

The Indian military recently made headlines after a BSF jawan alleged that troops are served tasteless food and often go to bed hungry.

A soldier of 29 battalion seema suraksha bal, Tej Bahadur Yadav, had shared 4 videos on his Facebook profile, seeking help from center for survival. He posted videos with shots of runny dal and dried chappatis with him adding that there are times when a soldier goes to sleep empty stomach.

Later, After BSF jawan’s video, Jeet Singh a CRPF constable posted at Mount Abu had alleged discrimination in between the facilities provided to Army and paramilitary forces. Jeet Singh took to social media to appeal to the nation and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to give equal facilities to personnel employed with the paramilitary force just like the Indian Armed Forces.

Hoever, calling off the video showing deplorable conditions of Jawans, the BSF said that the Constable Tej Bahadur, who shared the video, had a “difficult past.”

Last week,  in his first formal media address since taking over as Chief, Gen. Rawat announced a “suggestion and grievance” system to be put in place at all formations through which soldiers could reach him directly without their identify being disclosed, reports said.