BSF soldier video: Welfare of security forces is Govt’s absolute priority, says Kiren Rijiju

He, however, said the he had found high level of satisfactions amongst the jawans during his regular visit to border posts.

BSF soldier video: Welfare of security forces is Govt’s absolute priority, says Kiren Rijiju

Reacting to the viral video of a Border Security Force soldier, in which he alleged that troops were served inedible food and rations was often siphoned off, Minister of State(MoS) for Home, Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday said the welfare of the security forces guarding the borders is absolute priority of the government.

Rijiju, in a twitter post, said, "Welfare of our security forces guarding the borders and other difficult areas are absolute priority. Any anomaly will be dealt with firmly.”


He, however, said the he had found high level of satisfactions amongst the jawans during his regular visit to border posts.

According to a report in ANI, defence expert P.K. Sehgal called for appropriate budgetary allocation for the jawans, while asserting that his focus would be to look at the issue and immediately alleviate the difficulties that jawans are facing.

“There are lot of weaknesses in our defence system. The living conditions are not appropriate; the bunkers are not strong enough. The man is not appropriately equipped to survive and deliver. In the forthcoming Budget Session, appropriate budgetary allocation must be made to plug all the weakness the soonest,” Sehgal told the news agency.

On Monday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had also sought a report from the Home Secretary and directed to take appropriate action on the same.

Defending the soldier, Tej Bahadur Yadav's statement, BSF claimed that the soldier deployed along the Indo-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir  had a “difficult past” and needed regular counselling.

“Different correction mechanics have been applied as he was habitual offender of absenteeism without permission, chronic alcoholism, misbehaving and using force with superior officers and certain other acts against good order and discipline,” the force said in a statement. The BSF also ordered a “fair and transparent” probe.