The government had on June 16 increased the upper age limit for recruitment under the scheme to 23 years from 21 for the year 2022, and subsequently announced a slew of placatory steps.
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Tuesday said the state government will soon bring a resolution in the Assembly against the Agnipath scheme.
The apprehensions, they said, are mainly triggered by the fact that it proposes to recruit youths on a contractual basis and retire most of them after four years of service without a pension.
During the zero hour in the ongoing budget session in the Vidhan Sabha, senior Congress leader Bajwa raised the issue of Agnipath, arguing the scheme will negatively affect the youth of Punjab.
The proceedings began at 11 AM on a raucous note with members of the RJD-led opposition raising slogans against the new scheme of recruitment in the armed forces.
Opposition creates ruckus demanding rollback of Centre’s scheme
Revanth also demanded that the Prime Minister visit Telangana only after tendering an apology to the youth for foisting the Agnipath scheme on them.
Despite being a relatively young country with a demographic dividend, we seem to have an older army than most of our counterparts.
Banerjee also said the BJP-led central government launched the new defence recruitment scheme keeping in mind the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.
The former Congress chief's attack came on a day the party's leaders and activists observed a 'peaceful Satyagraha' in all assembly constituencies to demand the scheme's withdrawal.
Proceedings began at 11 am, amid vociferous demands by opposition MLAs that the adjournment motion of Lalit Yadav (RJD) and Ajeet Sharma (Congress) be accepted right away.
Leader of opposition and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav also plans to raise the issue in the ongoing Assembly session. BJP’s ally, JD-U, has also demanded a review.
AICC spokesperson and MP Syed Naseer Hussain on Sunday said that the Agnipath scheme is yet another “ill-conceived disruption” by the BJP-led NDA government.
He claimed that the victory of Madhu Madegowda in the South Graduates’ seat and Praksh Hukkeri from the North West Teachers’ constituency has set a trend in favour of Congress.
Referring to the "Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan" slogan, Congress said neither the jawan nor the farmers are happy in the country.