New Delhi: Civilians living near the Border Security Force (BSF) and other paramilitary camps Tuesday seemed to concur with BSF soldier Tej Bahadur Yadav’s allegations of corruption by officers saying they sell fuel and food provisions meant for the personnel to outsiders at half the market rate.
The Times of India spoke to a jawan and a few civilians who shed further light on alleged shady dealings by paramilitary officers, particularly those posted to border areas.
The officers allegedly sell petrol, diesel and foot stores to shopkeepers near the Humhama BSF headquarters near Srinagar airport. “They sell food items like dal and vegetables to civilians outside the camp at cheaper rates and leave us bereft of the facilities. They even deny us our daily-use items and sell the same to their agents outside the camps,” a BSF jawan was quoted as saying by the daily on the condition of anonymity.
A civil contractor added that they get petrol from BSF officers in charge of provisions at Humhama camp at half the market rate. Other items, like rice and spices, were also available much cheaper.
A furniture dealer said the “purchasing officers, while placing orders for elegant furniture for their offices, take a commission that is more than what we earn,” adding, “There is no e-tendering in the BSF. The officer will purchase furniture and take a commission and even compromise on the quality of the items.”
The story is no different when it comes to some CRPF officers. CRPF IG Ravideep Singh Sahi, who was posted to Srinagar as IG administration a month ago, said he would look into the allegations. “The jawan is of paramount importance for the force and there should no compromise on the quality of his life when he is on duty,” IG Ravideep Sahi said.
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Source - Edit Platter / Times of India