Agnipath Protests

Agnipath Protests: Agnipath Scheme: In Telangana, one protester lost his life while several others were injured after shots were fired at a mob at Secunderabad railway station

Agnipath Scheme: A youngster died and several others were injured after shots were fired on hundreds of protesters at Secunderabad railway station on Friday morning as agitations against the Centre’s new Agnipath scheme for recruiting soldiers across the three services escalated into large-scale violence and arson. In Bihar, internet services were temporarily suspended in 12 districts — Kaimer, Bhojpur, Aurangabad, Rohtas, Buxer, Nawada, West Champaran, Samastipur, Lakhisarai, Begusarai, Vaishali, and Saran districts till June 19, after protesters there turned violent and targeted the houses of Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Renu Devi and Bihar BJP president and West Champaran MP Dr. Sanjay Jaiwwal.

Air Force to begin recruitment under the Agnipath scheme from June 24 as protests continue

Railway services were disrupted across the country as protesters blocked tracks and set train coaches ablaze in several states such as Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Telangana. Anticipating violence in the state, the Haryana government has suspended internet services in Faridabad district’s Ballabgarh, whereas prohibitory orders under Section 144, restricting gathering of more than four persons, have been imposed in Gurgaon, the police said.

Congress leaders Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi Friday hit out at the Centre over the Agnipath scheme. Rahul Gandhi tweeted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi does not understand what the country wants, listing out initiatives by the central government that was “rejected” by the people. “He can’t hear anything except the voice of his ‘friends’,” Rahul said. Meanwhile, Priyanka asked PM Modi to withdraw the scheme 

immediately. She added that the government had changed its rules for the Agnipath recruitment plan in less than 24 hours, indicating that it is being imposed on the youth in a hurry.

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Protests over Agnipath rage, NDA-ruled UP, Bihar face the brunt

As violent protests against the Agnipath recruitment scheme continued across the country for the second day on Friday, a youth from Telangana became the first casualty, killed in police firing in Secunderabad.

The protests were most violent in BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh, where protesters set ablaze a train, buses, and a police outpost, and NDA-ruled Bihar, where the houses of state BJP president Dr. Sanjay Jaiswal and Deputy Chief Minister Renu Devi were targeted and several coaches of at least 14 trains were set on fire.

Protests were also reported from other states including Haryana, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha, and Madhya Pradesh

‘Agnipath’ scheme insult to Army, loss for Punjab youth: CM Mann

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Friday demanded an immediate rollback of the Centre’s Agnipath scheme, calling it an insult to the Army and a loss for the state’s youth.

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“After stopping recruitment to the Army for two years, the Centre’s new diktat is that stay in the Army for four years and then don’t get the pension,” said Mann in a Hindi tweet as protests razed across states for the third day against the scheme.

“This is an insult to the Army. It is cheating with the youth of the country,” he said demanding an immediate rollback of the decision. 

Review Agnipath scheme, Telangana Minister Rama Rao tells Centre

TRS Working President and Minister for IT and Industries KT Rama Rao on Friday demanded the Centre to review the ‘Agnipath’ scheme, alleging that the NDA government has taken a unilateral decision on it.

In a statement issued here, the Minister alleged that the scheme is “killing” the aspirations of millions of youth who want to join the armed forces and serve the nation.

Bihar govt suspends internet services in these districts amid Agnipath protests

Demanding that the Centre take complete responsibility for the protests taking place across the nation, he said the NDA government has reduced the army from ‘one rank-one pension’ to ‘no rank-no pension.’ “The BJP government at the Centre has played with the lives of farmers with draconian farm laws and is now adversely affecting the soldiers with schemes like Agnipath,” he charged.

Agnipath protests: 316 trains affected, 200 canceled across country; 7 trains affected by arson

Over 300 trains have been affected and more than 200 canceled so far due to protests against the Agnipath scheme for recruitment in the defense services, the Railways said on Friday. It said that 94 mail and express trains and 140 passenger trains have been canceled due to the protests, while 65 mail and express and 30 passenger trains were partially canceled.

‘Agnipath’ Protests Highlights: Internet Suspended In 12 Districts Of Bihar

The Railways has also diverted 11 mail and express trains. The total number of trains affected so far stands at 340, officials said.

According to the last statement by the zonal railways, 164 trains were canceled in the East Central Railways (ECR), 34 in North Eastern Railways (NER), 13 in Northern Railways (NR), and around three in Northeast Frontier Railways. 

Agnipath protests reach Assam

The protests against the Centre’s Agnipath scheme reached Assam with about 100-150 youths gathering at a stadium at Assam’s Jorhat on Friday morning. However, police said the situation did not get “out of control” and the demonstration was short-lived. “The protestors were planning to move towards the Army Recruitment Office in Jorhat but after the police intervened, they did not move ahead,” said Jorhat SP Mohan Meena, adding that the protestors were sloganeering for a few hours.

Haryana suspends mobile internet, and SMS services for the next 24 hours in Mahendragarh

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After Palwal and Ballabgarh, the Haryana govt on Friday ordered a suspension of mobile internet and SMS services for the next 24 hours in Mahendragarh in the wake of violent protests against the Agnipath recruitment scheme.

Appeal to youth to not damage property: Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnav

Amid widespread protests against the Agnipath scheme which have largely affected train services with protesters blocking tracks and setting fire to railway coaches, Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw appealed to the youth to not indulge in violent protests and refrain from damaging Railways property.

Age relaxation in Agnipath shows government cares for the youth: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

In an attempt to quell the anger of the protesting youth across the country, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday that the government’s decision to give a one-time, two-year relaxation in the upper age limit for recruitment in the armed forces under the new Agnipath scheme shows that the government cares for the youth. 

‘Agnipath’ Protests: Internet Services Suspended in Haryana, 12 Districts of Bihar

He said that the government has announced “a one-time upper age limit relaxation for the recruitment process through Agnipath scheme for 2022 to 23 years” and this “indicates that the government cares for our youth”.

As protests against the government’s new recruitment policy for the armed forces continue unabated, Army Chief General Manoj Pande welcomed the government’s decision for age relaxation. The decision to allow youth up to the age of 23 years to be eligible under the scheme this year as recruitments had been stalled since 2020 was announced late on Thursday evening. 

In Photos | Violence, arson at Secunderabad Railway Station

In Telangana, one protester lost his life while several others were injured, after the police allegedly opened fire on a mob at Secunderabad railway station as protests against the Agnipath scheme escalated into large-scale violence and arson.

Agnipath protest updates: Over 300 trains affected; Bihar, Haryana suspend internet

In Photos | Violence, arson at Secunderabad Railway Station

In Telangana, one protester lost his life while several others were injured, after the police allegedly opened fire on a mob at Secunderabad railway station as protests against the Agnipath scheme escalated into large-scale violence and arson.

Bihar aspirants disrupt rail and road traffic, want the old system back

Aspirants across half a dozen districts in Bihar Thursday blocked rail and road traffic and also vandalized some shops and private establishments to protest against Agnipath, the central government’s new recruitment policy for the defense forces. Protesters have been demanding the reinstatement of the previous recruitment system. No casualty has been reported from anywhere, according to the police.

Agnipath protests: Congress, NCP, AAP demand rollback of a recruitment scheme

“What is this four-year service? People talk of catching us young, they are planning to retire us young,” said Manoj Kumar, a protesting student in Bhagalpur. The Bhojpur police had to use teargas to disperse students after they torched the engine of a stationary passenger train at the Ara railway station. About half a dozen trains have been delayed because of the protests. Students also uprooted some chairs at the railway platform. They were also seen doing pushups at several protest sites.

Why are job aspirants protesting against the ‘Agnipath’ scheme?

Two days after the government unveiled its Agnipath scheme for recruiting soldiers across the three services, protests raged in several cities against the new defense recruitment path with aspirants raising job security and post-service benefits as their major concerns.

Agnipath protests Highlights | Over 300 trains affected, internet shut down in parts of Haryana

Job security and pension are two major issues being cited by protesters. Under the previous system, troops joined for a 17-year period, which could be extended for some personnel, and it resulted in a lifelong pension. The new scheme, however, envisages just a four-year tenure for most, and the Agniveers will not be eligible for pension benefits. Mohan Kumar, a protesting student from Bihar’s Chhapra, said: “This Agnipath scheme is just a placebo being given to unemployed youth. Even parents would now think twice before sending their sons to the Army just for four years.”

Why Agnipath is not the reform the armed forces need

Opining on the newly introduced recruitment scheme for the armed forces, PB Mehra writes: “The structure of the military has immense ramifications for security, and also for a social organization at large. The Agnipath scheme is a major structural reform with consequences both for the armed forces and society at large. Some reforms and restructuring of the armed forces were overdue. Sometimes, skepticism about reforms reflects an underlying status quo bias, rather than an assessment of needs. But it is also the case that this Agnipath is as much about creating a political illusion of reform as it is about addressing the armed forces’ needs. The spin given to the reform needs to be treated with a lot more caution.” He adds: “Reform of the armed forces should be governed by a sound sociological, professional, institutional and strategic logic. Agnipath fails the smell test on all four.”

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