Agnipath Protest Updates: There have been protests in many parts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh over the Narendra Modi’s new military recruitment policy named Agnipath. The protest had also spread now to BJP-ruled Haryana and Madhya Pradesh.
At least one person was killed and several others injured in clashes with police in several states, as mobs set trains on fire over the new military recruitment policy, Agneepath. The government has regularly defended the plan, calling it “transformative”.
10 latest developments in Agnipath Protests:
Agnipath Protest Updates: One person was killed and over 15 injured in Telangana’s Secunderabad as violent protests spread across the southern state. Violent agitations have taken place in many states like Bihar, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh regarding the new scheme.
In Bihar, Deputy Chief Minister Renu Devi’s house was attacked in Bettiah in West Champaran district, which caught fire in protest against the new recruitment scheme. “Such type of unnecessary violence is very dangerous for the society and country too. The protesters should remember that it is a loss for the society and there after country,” Ms. Devi, who is currently in Patna, told to media. Bihar has suffered the brunt of the violence that started on Wednesday which comes to Deputy CM of Bihar’s door.
Agnipath Protest Updates: In Uttar Pradesh, mob entered into a railway station in Ballia this morning and set a train compartment full on fire, and also damaged several platform’s property before police used force to disperse them. Protests were also held in another districts of Uttar Pradesh like Varanasi, Firozabad and Amethi, causing damage to government buses and other symbols of public property. A local BJP leader’s car was torched in Aligarh also.
According to the railways, at least 12 trains have been torched and over 150 others affected since the protests began on Wednesday – 110 were canceled while 47 did not reach their destinations.
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav said, “I appeal to the youngsters not to indulge in such type of violent protests and damage railways property. Remember Railways is the property of the country.”
Agnipath Protest Updates: The government on Tuesday unveiled Agneepath – calling it a “transformative” scheme – to recruit soldiers in the Army, Navy and Air Force, largely on a short-term contract basis of four years.
Young Protesters are very unhappy and disappointed with the changes, mostly the length of service, also no pension provision for those issued early, and the age restriction of 17.5 to 21 that now renders many of them ineligible (Till the time of writing the news, the government had increased the age limit.).
After the protest the age limit for Agneepath Recruitment has now been increased from 21 to 23. The government has also given a 10-point defense to the scheme and assured the recruits that they will not find themselves in trouble after completing their four years in the army.
Agnipath Protest Updates: The opposition has also intensified its attack on the government over the new recruitment scheme named Agnipath, with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to “fire-test” his patience by walking on Agneepath. Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav termed the move as “reckless” and potentially “deadly” for the future of the country.
Top Union ministers have assured the youth that the new policy will be extremely beneficial for them. Home Minister Amit Shah said in a tweet today that the recruitment process in the Army has been affected for the last two years due to the coronavirus pandemic and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken a sensitive decision showing concern for the youth of the country.
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