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Amid Protests, Congress Urges Parliamentary Panel To Discuss Agnipath Scheme

Agnipath Row: Protests damaged out in lots of states over Centre’s new recruitment scheme for armed forces.

New Delhi:

Congress MP KC Venugopal on Friday urged Parliament’s Standing Committee on Defence Chairman Jual Oram to convene an pressing assembly of all stakeholders and defence specialists to debate intimately the just lately introduced Agniveer scheme by the Central authorities.

Noting that violent protests are persevering with throughout the nation over the just lately introduced recruitment scheme, the Congress MP in his letter mentioned, “As you are aware, violent protests are continuing across the country over the recently announced Agniveer Recruitment Scheme by the Central Government. There is widespread anger among the youth with regard to this scheme particularly due to its temporary nature, lack of pension and health care benefits.”

Pointing out the downside of the scheme, Mr Venugopal, a member of Parliament’s Standing Committee on Defence mentioned, “Significantly, it is also pointed out that the scheme carries multiple risks including the subversion of the long-standing traditions of the armed forces. There is also wide apprehension that the soldiers recruited under the scheme may lack required training in the proposed short span of six months. For all obvious reasons, it is evident that the scheme is poorly conceived and hastily drawn up without any wide consultations with stakeholders.”

He additional urged to convene an pressing assembly of the Standing Committee on Defence on the earliest to debate and deliberate upon the Agnipath scheme intimately.

“In this regard, I urge you to convene an urgent meeting of the Standing Committee on Defence at the earliest to discuss and deliberate upon the Agnipath scheme in detail. It is also requested to invite all major stakeholders and defence experts for their opinion and input on the same,” he added.

Protests have damaged out in numerous elements of the nation towards the brand new recruitment scheme within the Armed Forces. In some locations, the protests turned violent as trains have been set ablaze.

Meanwhile, one particular person died in Telangana’s Secunderabad on Friday as protests towards the newly introduced navy recruitment coverage, Agnipath, turned violent.

Earlier, protesters torched compartments of a prepare in Bihar’s Samastipur and people in one other prepare at Lakhisarai station.

Notably, Agnipath Scheme was launched by the federal government, on June 14, in an effort to carry a change within the recruitment means of the Armed Forces. With the brand new navy recruitment scheme going through a backlash by Opposition, the Centre has determined to carry a change within the higher age restrict for recruiting Agniveers.

Granting a one-time waiver, the Centre on June 16, 2022, introduced that the Agniveer higher age restrict for recruitments by way of Agnipath Scheme has been prolonged to 23 years from 21 years.

The scheme is named Agnipath and the youth chosen below this scheme might be generally known as Agniveers. Agnipath permits patriotic and motivated youth to serve within the Armed Forces for a interval of 4 years.

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