CM Mann: “Agnipath” Scheme Is An Attack On “Jawaani” After “Kisaani”

Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann has lashed out at the Central govt over the newly launched “agnipath” scheme. In a statement given to the media personnel while campaigning in Sangrur for the Lok Sabha by-poll, CM Mann said, “by this move, the Central government has backstabbed the youth of our nation.”

“After attacking ‘kisaani’, now the Union government has attacked the ‘jawaani’ (youth) by launching the ‘agnipath’ scheme. Today, there’s extreme anger amongst the youth due to this senseless decision of GoI. For the integrity and public interest, the Central government must immediately withdraw this scheme,” he further added. 

On the same matter, he tweeted:

Mann even slammed the government for not employing a single youth in the Army for the last 2 years. “It’s highly unfortunate how the Central govt failed to employ a single youth in the Army for the last two years. Now they’ve launched this “agnipath” scheme, where the youth will be employed in the army for just 4 years, that too without any pension. This is a humiliation of our Army personnel who work with dedication and courage, and sacrifices a lot to serve the nation,” said CM Mann. 

Amidst the ongoing protests, today, Union defence minister Rajnath Singh held a meeting with the service chiefs in the national capital, and discussed more about “agnipath” scheme. As quoted by news agency ANI:

#WATCH | Agnipath Recruitment Scheme: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to hold a meeting with the service chiefs in Delhi. Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar and IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari arrive at the Defence Minister’s residence.

Along with many other oppisition parties, the Aam Aadmi Party has also opposed the “agnipath” scheme. For last 3 days, the youth has been protesting across the country, demanding the repeal of this decision. Majorly in Bihar, where the protesters set trains on fire, in Haryana, Himachal, Madhya Pradesh and a lot more states witnessed protests against the “agnipath” scheme.

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