Mayawati asks govt to reconsider 'Agnipath' scheme; calls it 'unfair'

Bahujan Samaj Party BSP supremo Mayawati on Thursday hit out at the Union government over its new Agnipath scheme of recruiting soldiers, terming it unfair towards rural youth. As announced, Agnipath or Agniveer scheme is a process for recruiting soldiers in the Army, Navy and Air force, to be hired for a term of four years on contract.The scheme was announced by Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday.


PTI | Lucknow | Updated: 16-06-2022 11:31 IST | Created: 16-06-2022 11:28 IST
Mayawati asks govt to reconsider 'Agnipath' scheme; calls it 'unfair'
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Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Thursday hit out at the Union government over its new 'Agnipath scheme' of recruiting soldiers, terming it "unfair towards rural youth". As announced, 'Agnipath' or 'Agniveer' scheme is a process for recruiting soldiers in the Army, Navy, and Air force, to be hired for a term of four years on contract.

The scheme was announced by Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday. ''After keeping the recruitment pending in the army for a long time, the center has now announced a new recruitment scheme 'Agniveer' with a short duration of four years in the army. "Even though it has been called an attractive scheme, the youths of the country are dissatisfied and angry. They are openly opposing the change in the army recruitment system," Mayawati said in a tweet in Hindi. ''They believe that the government is limiting the soldiers' tenure to four years in order to eliminate pension benefits in the army and government jobs, which is grossly unfair and deleterious to the future of rural youth and their families,'' Mayawati said. In a series of tweets, the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said that the new move of recruitment will add to the woes of the people already beset with inflation and poverty.

''People in the country are already afflicted by rising poverty, inflation, unemployment, wrong policies, and arrogant working style of the government, in such a situation, the uneasiness spread among the youth regarding the new recruitment system in the army is causing anxiety. "The government should reconsider its decision immediately, this is the demand of BSP," Mayawati added.

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