Agnipath Yojana: Punjab CM Mann to ask PM Modi for rolling back its decision

New Delhi: 

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Saturday informed about writing a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the ‘Agnipath Yojana’ asking the latter to withdraw the Army recruitment scheme in view of anger among the youth. 

“There’s anger among youth. I’ll also write to Prime Minister, asking him to roll back this decision. Those who want to work for the country with passion should be given the chance to serve the nation and be given a pension later,” said Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann. 

A day ealier, the Punjab CM questioned the Centre’s Army recruitment scheme ‘Agnipath Yojana’ saying the soldiers cannot be hired on rent. The CM made the remarks on the pretext of four year policy of the new recruitment policy. 

“We can’t keep soldiers on rent. How can we make them ex-soldiers merely at age of 21? They protect country in harsh conditions. Politicians never retire it’s only soldiers, public who retire…We don’t need military on rent. Agnipath scheme must be taken back,” said the Punjab Chief Minister. 

The announcement of the new recruitment policy sparked a row in the nation as the number of violent protests are being report. In opposition of ‘Agnipath Yojana’, youth aspirants, in many parts of the country, torched the trains standing on the railway tracks. 

As per the North Eastern Railway’s bulletin, schedule of as many as 21 trains were delayed in Uttar Pradesh owing to the sit-in protest on the railway track. 

Punjab CM condemned the recent decision of PM Narendra Modi-led NDA government to implement ‘Agnipath’ scheme in the Indian Army as a retrogressive step. He asked the Union government to immediately roll back its decision in the larger interest of the country and its youth.

“After agriculture (Kisaani) it is a serious attack on the youth (jawani) which is unwarranted and undesirable. It is a huge loss for Punjabi youth who are ever ready to serve their motherland by joining the Army,” said the Chief Minister. 

The Punjab Chief Minister said that it reflects the sorry state of affairs in the country as the party in power is recklessly running the country without bothering about its youth. He said that this mindless decision has put the country on boil as the youth of the country have came on roads to protest against this irresponsible move of the Centre. 


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