There have been fierce protests in the country over the new Agnipath scheme announced by the central government, and now there is protests against the Agnipath Army recruiting program in the state. Agnipath protest in Karnataka, Call for Bandh on June 20th.
Youths from Begavi call for bandh on June 20, decided to block highway and protested that day. Anjali Nimbalkar, a Congress MLA from Khanapur constituency, made it clear that will not implement this scheme. she will call for a complete bandh in Belagavi, Khanapur, on June 20. She also said The central government is not working for any job creation. AgniPath Army recruiting program is going to do injustice to Youth through the project.
As protests against the ‘Agnipath’ scheme intensified, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday strongly defended the new military recruitment model saying it was rolled out after wide-ranging consultations including with the ex-servicemen and suggested that a “misunderstanding” is being spread for political reasons.
He said the scheme will bring revolutionary changes in the enrolment process for soldiers, asserting that there will be no compromise on the quality of training to be imparted to the personnel to be recruited under the scheme. The defence minister said the scheme was rolled out after around two years of deliberations including with the ex-servicemen community and a decision was taken based on a consensus.
“We wanted that there is a sense of discipline and pride for the country among the people,” he said. The defence minister further added, “Should we lower the morale of the soldiers of the country? This is not justice.” Congress MPs and leaders will sit on a “Satyagraha” at the Jantar Mantar here Sunday morning in solidarity with the youths protesting against the Agnipath scheme for recruitment in the armed forces.
Youths across the country have taken to the streets against the contentious scheme, and incidents of violence have been reported from several cities and towns. Sources said Congress MPs, its working committee members, and All India Congress Committee office-bearers will be part of the “Satyagraha” that begins at 10 AM at Jantar the Mantar on June 19.