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Narendra Modi rescinds salary cut of BSF jawan

The BSF had announced an order deducting a week’s salary from a jawan for showing disrespect towards the prime minister. However, Narendra Modi expressed his displeasure and directed the BSF to withdraw the order.

Constable Sanjeev Kumar is posted in the 15th battalion of the Border Security Force in West Bengal’s Nadia district. His commanding officer (CO) found him guilty for using the words “Modi programme.”

Commandant Anup Lal Bhagat ordered him to pay fine of 7 days for “showing disrespect towards the PM”.

Officials said the jawan referred to an event as “Modi programme.” The CO found it improper and ordered an inquiry. The inquiry held Constable KUuguilty under section 40 of the BSF Act.

“Senior officers of the force have been instructed time and again to display qualities of a good leader, both in letter and spirit, for the personnel under their command. These men and women work in some of the most arduous conditions across the country. Their commanders should ensure discipline in the force but the punishment has to be commensurate to the offense,” a senior officer of the force said, highlighting that handing down a pay cut to the jawan was not judicious.

The 15th battalion of the BSF guards the India-Bangladesh international border in West Bengal.