As a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan’s Facebook videos of “poor food” caused national outrage, it has emerged that barely a few weeks before the disclosure, the Home ministry had disallowed the security personnel from posting details of service and operational matters on social networking sites.
Jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav,who made the shocking revealtion on Facebook, may invite disciplinary action in light of the circular sent out by the Home ministry to the directors general of all central armed police forces (CAPFs) including the BSF, CRPF and Assam Rifles on November 28, Hindustan Times quoted its source as saying.
The CAPFs are deployed in sensitive areas, including international borders, insurgency, militancy and Maoist-affected zones.
The communiqué said sharing videos and pictures without permission will invite action against personnel under the service rules because it violates the ministry’s national information security policy, HT reported claiming it is in possession of the documents.
“The popularity of social media creates opportunities, challenges and risks,” HT quoted from the confidential note on “guidelines for upload of material on social media”.
“In case any violations of these or other standing orders are noticed, strict action should be initiated against the defaulters,” it added.
The ministry said there had been instances in the past of personnel using their mobiles or cameras to capture operational details or sensitive material and uploading them on social media.
Yadav – attached to the BSF’s 29th battalion posted along the Indo-Pakistan border -- posted four videos on social media that sparked widespread outrage.
The videos purportedly showed burnt parathas, watery dal and poor food arrangements for the soldiers. Yadav alleged senior officers illegally sold ration meant for jawans in the open market.