After Speaker Vijay Kumar Sinha refused to entertain a dialogue on the Centre’s Agnipath Scheme within the Bihar Legislative Meeting, Opposition and RJD chief Tejashwi Yadav and different leaders determined to stroll out of the Meeting. Following the incident, the opposition events within the state have determined to steer clear of the proceedings of the Meeting.
Chatting with the media, Tejashwi Yadav stated, “We wished a transparent dialogue on the newly launched Agnipath Scheme. This scheme clearly poses a danger to nationwide safety, and the way forward for our youth. Our proposal has been declined by being informed that this not a state matter, it is the Centre’s matter.”
Yadav additional added,”It’s a not simply matter of the Union authorities, it additionally considerations Bihar, it considerations each state within the nation. So many kids are behind the bars right here in Bihar. We wish these FIRs quashed. These youths wished to serve the nation, however have been upset by the scheme.”
The RJD chief additional defined that violence will not be the reply, however that the youth reacted as a result of there’s dissatisfaction amongst them. Their solely crime is that they’re passionate to serve within the military for a lifetime and never only a restricted timeframe of 4 years, Yadav burdened.
Tejashwi Yadav additionally said, “We have been hoping that the speaker, who’s a impartial, would give us an opportunity to talk, a minimum of the opposition leaders ought to get an opportunity to talk. What’s the level of the Vidhan Sabha then?”
The Agnipath scheme
Amid a freeze on recruitment rallies for 2 years owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Union Cupboard accepted a brand new scheme referred to as ‘Agnipath’ on June 14. Underneath the aegis of this scheme, 46,000 youths aged between 17.5-21 years could be recruited into the Armed Forces in 2022 for a interval of 4 years. That is being touted as a significant defence coverage reform as solely 25% of those ‘Agniveers’ could be chosen for enrolment within the Armed Forces as common cadres. Other than a gorgeous month-to-month wage, they are going to be given a one-time ‘SevaNidhi’ package deal of Rs 11 lakh on the finish of their 4-year stint.
Nonetheless, the Centre’s announcement was adopted by pan-India protests which witnessed vandalism, torching of railway trains, stone-pelting and assaults on police personnel. Within the first try and assuage the protesters, the federal government elevated the higher age restrict for the recruitment through the Agnipath scheme to 23 years for the 2022 recruitment solely.
Thereafter, the Ministry of House Affairs introduced a ten% reservation for Agniveers in Central Armed Police Forces and Assam Rifles. Equally, the Defence Ministry cleared a proposal to order 10% of posts for Agniveers within the Indian Coast Guard and all of the 16 Defence Public Sector Undertakings.
(With inputs from ANI)