Jammu: Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has denied reports that the Ministry of Home Affairs has banned use of smartphones by the jawans of BSF, CRPF and other such forces.
General Rawat was quoted by news agency ANI as saying, “Aisa Kuchh Nahin Hai” in response to a question on the reports of smartphones being banned for Army personnel.
Some media reports have suggested the Centre has asked the jawans of armed forces not to use smartphones in order to prevent them from uploading images and videos related to their camps on social media websites.
The Home Ministry reportedly imposed a strict restriction on posting any such videos without the consent of the Director General of the concerned force.
The use of smartphones by jawans became a subject of debate after several videos of armed forces jawans surfaced on social media highlighting their living conditions and complaints about serious malpractices.
This started with a BSF jawan posting a video complaining about the quality of food they were being served in the official mess.
To contain the damage to reputation, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat assured the jawans yesterday that their complaints would not be ignored while requesting the troopers not to post any such video on social media.
General Rawat’s statement came immediately after an Army jawan Yagya Pratap Singh uploaded a video on social media saying that the officers make the soldiers do their personal work. He also shot off a letter to the Prime Minister’s Office raising the issue.
However, by the evening another report started circulating that the government has banned army jawans from using the smartphones and that now on, the soldier can only keep a simple phone. General Rawat denied such reports.