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BSF issues guidelines for maintaining high quality food

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NEW DELHI: Soon after the video of BSF Jawan showed the inferior quality of food served to its personnel, the red-faced BSF issued fresh guidelines for maintaining high quality of food for its personnel along the border.

While the Union Home Ministry also ordered to file a complete report on allegations of substandard food made by a soldier posted along the LoC.

BSF Director-General K.K. Sharma on Wednesday met Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and submitted a second interim report on the claims made by Tej Bahadur Yadav on a video that was shared on social networking sites.

However, the BSF chief avoided queries after his meeting but the paramilitary force came out with a statement in the evening, announcing six measures for providing quality food for its jawans posted along the border.

“Issues related to diet of jawans, issues of ration purchase procedures and pilferages thereof are the issues of prime concern for any organisation.

“BSF has taken a holistic view of the situation and follow-up process has been swung into action (sic),” the statement said and listed an audit of the system by a team of senior commanding officers.

Among other steps taken by the BSF were chalking out shortcomings of the present process, suggesting procedural and systematic improvements, vigilance for double checks, enhancing formal and informal interactions with jawans and introduction of systemic innovations to ensure cashless transactions in all messes.

In its second interim report, the BSF stated that the ‘daal’ shown in the jawan’s video was uncanned from tinned food ration and the ‘parantha’ was cooked in the unit mess as per procedures followed at high-altitude locations.

After the issue went viral on social media, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said the government has sent “experts and dietitians to each and every post of the border to ensure that the food quality of the jawans must be as per the norms.”

A final report in this matter is slated to be submitted by the BSF on Thursday.

A PIL has also been filed in Delhi High Court seeking a status report in this matter.

Meanwhile, A CRPF Jawan also shared a video speaking about his issues.The video was uploaded on December 25,2016 by a CRPF Constable G Singh.

In the video, Singh is conveying his message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the apathy faced in CRPF.

He says ”Our facilities are very different from the Army while we do every job in the country”. The video focuses on better facilities and pay.

 

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Hostel students from SC, ST, OBC families to get subsidised foodgrain

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New Delhi, April 23: Union Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Monday said hostel students belonging to SC, ST and OBC families will be entitled to 15 kg of foodgrain per month at subsidised rates.

Under the new PDS scheme, which will be rolled out at the earliest, over one crore students from Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Classes will benefit.

“It is a historic step. Under the scheme, students from these communities, where their strength is two third of the total number of hostel students, will be given 15 kg food grain. If the rice is priced at Rs 30 per kg in open market, the students will get it for Rs 6,” Paswan told reporters here.

“We have asked the states to send us the list of beneficiaries as soon as possible. Also, the states will have to decide the type of foodgrain to be distributed. The Centre will bear all expenses on the subsidy.”

He said 13 lakh tonnes of foodgrain was allotted under the scheme.

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Sushma Swaraj meets Xi Jinping in Beijing

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Beijing, April 23: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.

Earlier in a day, Swaraj on the 2nd day of her visit called on the Vice President of China Wang Qishan at Zhongnanhai.

Prior to this, EAM met her Uzbekistan counterpart Abdulaziz Kamilov and held bilateral talks on a wide range of issues including trade & investment, pharma, IT, tourism and culture, as well as on the regional situation.

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We don’t discriminate: Ola to VHP man who cancelled cab as driver was Muslim

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New Delhi, April 23: Taxi aggregator Ola Cabs on Sunday gave a thoughtful reply to a man, claiming to be associated with a right-wing outfit, who had cancelled his ride after finding the driver assigned to him was a Muslim.

Abhishek Mishra, a man who claims to be linked to the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), had posted on Twitter that he cancelled his Ola booking on Friday after finding that the cab driver was a Muslim.

His Twitter account says Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Ideology First, Hindutva Thinker, Digital & Social Media Advisor (Views Personal), said, “Cancelled @Olacabs Booking because Driver was Muslim. I don’t want to give my money to Jihadi People.”

After cancelling the cab, Mishra took a screenshot of the cancellation and tweeted his Ola booking which named the cab driver.

Mishra’s Twitter post soon went viral and triggered a huge debate on Twitter with some siding with him and while others trolling him for inciting hatred and communal sentiments.

Interestingly, Mishra is followed on Twitter by bigwigs like Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Culture Mahesh Sharma and many others; reported Zee News.

With his tweet creating a lot of buzz on the micro-blogging site, Ola also chipped in and tweeted a thoughtful reply to Mishra.

The cab operator put out a statement, saying that the company is a secular platform and doesn’t discriminate between its customers and driver partners and urged everyone not to discriminate on religious lines.

Mishra’s Facebook profile says he is from Ayodhya and works as an IT professional in Lucknow.

He claims he is an active member of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal — both affiliates of the BJP’s ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh — and “holds responsibility” of the IT cell of the VHP.

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