BJP MP Varun Gandhi on Friday fired a recent salvo on the Central authorities over the federal government’s new ‘Agnipath’ scheme for recruitment of armed defence personnel on a contractual foundation. Gandhi questioned the federal government’s scheme for not provisions for pension to the Agniveers.

Taking to his official Twitter deal with, the BJP MP wrote, “Agniveers, who would serve for a brief time period, don’t have any proper to obtain pension, then why this ‘comfort’ has been given to the general public representatives? If people who find themselves defending the nation should not entitled to obtain pension, then I’m able to forego pension. Can we MLAs and MPs surrender our pensions to ensure that Avengers will obtain theirs?”

The Centre on June 14 unveiled a brand new short-term recruitment coverage for Indian youths to serve within the armed forces. Termed Agnipath, the scheme will allow children aged 17.5 to 21 to be inducted into any of the three companies as ‘agniveers’ for a interval of 4 years. In each batch, 25 per cent of Agniveers can be chosen for the everlasting cadre within the armed forces and the remaining 75 per cent can be relieved from responsibility with none gratuity or pension advantages.

The brand new scheme triggered large protests throughout the nation wherein railway, public and public properties had been vandalised, torched or attacked in numerous components of the nation. The federal government has elevated the higher age restrict from 21 to 23 as a one-time waiver.

The navy management had stated there could be no rollback of the Agnipath scheme, including that those that participated in protests and violence wouldn’t be recruited.


This isn’t the primary time that the BJP MP from Philbhit has slammed the Centre over the Agnipath scheme. Earlier, he had stated that the scheme would give rise to extra disaffection among the many youths and requested the federal government to make its stand clear.

He additionally raised doubts over the central authorities’s intention to supply job alternatives to Agniveers. He had written a letter to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh urging him to make the federal government’s stand on the scheme clear.

The BJP chief had stated that it isn’t acceptable for a delicate authorities to “strike first and assume later” on the subject of the armed forces, safety and youth’s future.

The central authorities rolled out a number of amendments and help measures in the previous couple of days to allay apprehensions surrounding the Agnipath recruitment scheme into the armed forces.

The Ministry of Residence Affairs on the Centre and several other state governments have introduced that Agniveers — younger troopers recruited by way of the scheme — can be given desire in filling vacancies in police forces.

A number of different departments have additionally introduced help to the Agnipath scheme to boost the capabilities of the Agniveers and guarantee a shiny future for them.

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