Agnipath Protests Live Updates, 19 June: As protests continue, more than 350 trains cancelled; 250 arrested in Bihar
Agnipath Protests Live Updates 19 June 2022: In Bihar, over 180 trains were cancelled and six were terminated due to prevailing law and order problem and threat perception to railway property and passengers.
Agnipath protests Live Updates: Amid protests over the Centre’s new recruitment policy for the Armed forces, Lt General Anil Puri, the Additional Secretary of the Department of Military Affairs, said that the main motive behind implementing the Agnipath scheme was to bring in more youth into the forces. “This reform was long pending. We want to bring youthfulness and experience with it. Today, a large number of jawans are in their 30s and officers are getting command much later than in the past,” he added.
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Sunday attacked the Centre over it’s Agnipath scheme and said “This scheme will kill the youth of the country, will finish Army.” Urging the youth to recognise “fake nationalists”, Gandhi assured her party’s full support to those peacefully protesting the Centre’s Agnipath scheme for recruitment in the armed forces. She made the remarks as Congress MPs and leaders sat on a ‘Satyagraha’ at Jantar Mantar here in solidarity with the youths protesting the controversial scheme.
Amid widespread protests against the new military recruitment scheme, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said by repeatedly giving false hope of jobs, he has forced the youth to walk on ‘Agnipath’ of unemployment.
Against the backdrop of the raging countrywide protests against Agnipath — the Narendra Modi-led central government’s recently-unveiled scheme for short-term recruitment of soldiers in the armed forces — the by-elections to 10 Lok Sabha and Assembly constituencies in half-a-dozen states are going to take place on June 23. The anti-Agnipath stir being undertaken by a section of youths and students in a slew of states may impact these bypolls, even as it has already started influencing the campaigning of various political parties and candidates in several constituencies in a significant way. Read full story here
Explaining the future path having implemented the Agnipath scheme, Lt General Anil Puri, the Additional Secretary of the Department of Military Affairs, said: “In the next 4-5 years, our intake (of soldiers) will be 50,000-60,000 and will further increase to 90,000-1 lakh subsequently. We've started small at 46,000 to analyse the scheme... and to build up our infrastructural capacity.”