The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) issued a Press Statement yesterday strongly disapproving the ‘Agnipath’ scheme recently launched by the central government. It mentions that this does disservice to India’s national interests. Professional armed forces cannot be raised by recruiting ‘soldiers on contract’ for a period of four years. Through this scheme the government is severely compromising the quality and efficiency of our professional armed forces and thus trying to save pension money,
There has been no recruitment in the Indian army for the last two years . Instead of recruiting regular soldiers into the armed forces this scheme leaves such contract soldiers with no other prospects of employment after their four years. This creates a dangerous situation where they may end up serving private militias. This has hazardous implications for our social fabric already under severe strain.
It is criminal to call upon our youth to be prepared to make the supreme sacrifice without the minimum protection of job security. The spontaneous protests in various parts of the country, reflects the anger against this scheme. In view of these repurcussions the Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) has demanded that this ‘Agnipath’ scheme be scrapped forthwith and regular recruitment into the armed forces be undertaken urgently. Pic Courtesy: APN News