Unfair Towards Rural Youth: Mayawati On ‘Agnipath’ Scheme

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Mumbai: BSP chief Mayawati reacted to the new military recruitment model ‘Agnipath’, saying it’s “unfair towards the rural youth”.

Taking to Twitter, Mayawati said, “After keeping the recruitment pending in the army for a long time, the centre has now announced a new recruitment scheme ‘Agniveer’ with a short duration of four years in the army.” Also Read: Rail & Road Traffic Disrupted, Tyres Burnt In Bihar In Protest Over Agnipath Scheme

“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 tweeted in Hindi. Also Read: New Armed Forces Recruitment Model ‘Agnipath’ Unveiled, Youth To Serve For 4 Years

In a series of tweets, the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said that the youth “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.”

“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,” said Mayawati.

“The government should “reconsider its decision immediately, this is the demand of BSP,” she added.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday unveiled the ‘Agneepath’ scheme for recruiting soldiers in the Army, Navy and Air Force on a large scale for a period of four years with an aim to raise salaries and cut pension bills.

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