Congress leader Rahul Gandhi criticized the Central government, labeling the Agneepath scheme a betrayal to both the youth and the nation’s sacred sentiments tied to the Indian Army. In a social media post, Rahul Gandhi expressed concern, stating, “Leaving 1.5 lakh youth already selected in the armed forces helpless in the name of a temporary recruitment Agneepath scheme is a grave injustice to them. The Agneepath scheme is a betrayal not only of the patriotic youth but also of the sacred sentiments of the country attached to the Indian Army.”
Gandhi’s remarks came during his ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’ in Bihar’s Katihar, where he engaged in discussions with enthusiastic youths aspiring to join the army.
“We have started the Voice of Justice—Jay Jawan campaign against the injustice being done to these youth. You too can be a part of this ongoing campaign for justice for these patriotic youth by visiting http://jayjawan.in or giving a missed call on 9999812024,” he added.
The Agneepath Scheme, announced in June 2022, focuses on recruiting soldiers in the armed forces, excluding officers. Those recruited under this scheme are referred to as Agniveers. The age bracket for recruitment is set between 17-and-half years and 21 years for four years, with the provision to retain 25% of them for an additional 15 years. The upper age limit was extended to 23 years for the year 2022.
As Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra returned to West Bengal from Bihar, he received a warm reception from tens of thousands of people. Gandhi highlighted the prevalent unemployment in the country, emphasizing that the rate of unemployment had reached its highest point in the last 40-50 years.
Mr. Gandhi clarified that the Nyay Yatra aimed at social and economic justice, seeking justice for the youth, women, farmers, and laborers. The campaign addresses concerns about the Agneepath scheme and advocates for fair treatment and opportunities for the selected youth in the armed forces.
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