Congress’s attack on Agneepath scheme intensified, demand from government to withdraw


New Delhi. Intensifying its attack on the government over the Agnipath scheme, the Congress said on Sunday that the Modi government is playing with the future of the youth by bringing this new scheme of recruitment in the army and it is called ‘Tughlaqi’ decree. should be withdrawn. 20 senior Congress leaders and spokespersons addressed press conferences in several cities, titled ‘Agneepath Ki Baat: Betrayal of the Youth’. During this, he demanded the withdrawal of the scheme, citing the threat to national security and dissatisfaction among the youth.

The Congress said it would hold protests at the national level in each assembly constituency against the “anti-youth and anti-national” scheme, which was “imposed without deliberation”. Addressing a press conference here, party spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil said that the Congress stands with the youth and this ‘Tughlaqi decision’ should be withdrawn immediately. Gohil said, “At a time when China has entered our borders… it (Agneepath scheme) is like playing with national security.”

Agneepath scheme to be withdrawn

He said, ‘I demand from the Prime Minister that Agneepath scheme should be withdrawn and whatever minister or spokesperson of BJP says that Agneepath scheme is good, they should get their sons and daughters admitted under this scheme.’ Gohil also asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to apologize to BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya for his remarks that he would give priority to ‘Agniveer’ for security jobs in his party office. “The leader who has said that Agniveers will be appointed as guards in BJP offices should be sacked by the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister should apologize,” he said.

Copied other countries to draft policies

Addressing a press conference at the state Congress headquarters in Jaipur, Congress Rajya Sabha member from Haryana Deepender Singh Hooda also attacked the Center over the Agneepath scheme and said the government copied other countries to draft policies. He said, ‘The government has adopted the attitude of ‘copycat monkey’, but this is India. Sometimes it gives the example of America in the context of agricultural laws, and sometimes it talks about Israel in the context of military service. Significantly, after the announcement of the Agneepath scheme on June 14, there were protests in different parts of the country. Under this scheme, there is a provision for recruitment of youth of 17 and a half to 21 years in the army on contract basis for four years. 25 percent of them will be selected for regular service after completing four years of service. The upper age limit of applicants has been increased to 23 years for the year 2022.

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