PIL seeking report on poor food quality to BSF troopers filed

New Delhi: A Public Interest Litigation seeking a status report from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) following a BSF soldier’s allegation that troopers were being served poor quality food was filed in the Delhi High Court on Thursday.

The petition filed by a former central government employee Puran Chand Arya through his counsel Abhishek Kumar Choudhary also sought direction for not taking any adverse action against the Border Security Force (BSF) constable Tej Bahadur Yadav who through social media made public “his genuine demand for food to survive”.

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The PIL has sought direction to the central government to explain what is the scenario of ration procurement and preparation and serving of food to all categories of ranks and to take serious action in the incident.

It also sought direction to depute the higher officer to supervise the food quality or to allow the officers of the court or any independent NGOs or media or any trust to make a surprise visit to any paramilitary force food canteen or mess to check the quality and hygiene of the food served to the troopers.

The PIL has cited a video uploaded by BSF trooper Yadav which went viral on social media. In the video, he has alleged that troopers were served bad quality food and at times were forced to go hungry.

Yadav, claiming to be from the 29th battalion of BSF, has accused unnamed officers of illegally selling off the food supplies meant for the troopers.