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Soldiers On Border Will Be Worried About Their Future: Tejashwi On Agnipath

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Mumbai: RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav criticised the Centre over the Agnipath scheme, calling it a “contracting practice”. The RJD chief noted that the ‘two institutions that used to do mass recruitment, the Railways and the Army, one is privatised and the other is now made contractual.’

Tejaswi Yadav also addressed the massive protests against the Agnipath scheme and said that the ‘soul of the nation is dying.’

“When the soul of the youth is dying, the soul of the nation is dying. Everyone knows that unemployment is at its peak. There are only two organizations where maximum recruitment used to come out, but now the railways have been made private and the contracting practice has been started in the army too,” the RJD chief said.

“The youth who were only admitted, now they also have to repeat the whole process again. 20 questions asked by us were not answered. Young people are worried about their future. Suppose the jawans are standing on the border and this is going on. It must have been in his mind that what he will do after 4 years,” he added.

The “transformative” Agnipath scheme, announced by Union Minister Rajnath Singh on June 14 in the presence of the three service chiefs, envisages the recruitment of youth into the armed services at the age of 17-and-a-half. There is a provision to increase them to 21 for only four years and retain 25 per cent of them for 15 more years. The Center later increased the upper age limit for recruitment to 23 years in 2022.

Violent protests have been taking place in many states across the country since the announcement of this scheme. The Army, Navy and Air Force on Sunday released a comprehensive program for recruiting soldiers under the Agnipath scheme while asserting that it is being implemented to bring down the age profile of the armed forces.

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