Jammu, June 27: Jammu Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) on Monday observed a peaceful satyagraha against the Agnipath scheme launched by the BJP government at Tawi Bridge near Maharaja Hari Singh Statue, Jammu.
A statement from the party said that led by the PCC president Ghulam Ahmad Mir and working-president PCC Raman Bhalla, YogeshSawhney general secretary PCC I/C district president Jammu (U) and Manmohan Singh general secretary JKPCC, the demonstration was held as per AICC instructions to launch a nationwide program against the Agnipath scheme.
The PCC office bearers, councillors, senior Congress leaders and party members participated in the Satyagraha to register their strong resentment.
Similar protests were held at various places across Jammu and Kashmir, including Bhaderwah, Jammu (Rural), Rajouri and other constituencies in J&K, the statement said.
Along with G.A. Mir, Raman Bhalla, YogeshSawhney, Manmohan Singh and senior Congress leaders participated in the protest.
Lodging the party's protest against the Agnipath Scheme, the PCC president GA Mir termed it “disappointing and unjust” for the youth who aspire to serve the nation by joining the elite and revered Army forces.
He stated that the scheme is a complete and total sham, provides absolutely no benefits and will lead to a disintegration of the competence of the Indian Army.
He further stated that the party extends its complete support to the youth and stands behind them against this policy. “Across the nation, young Indians are expressing grave disappointment with this recruitment scheme and we second their voices and totally reject this decision taken by the government,” said Mir.
The facts speak for themselves that the policy will be an utter failure on the ground. Indians who will join the army through this recruitment pathway will have no employment guarantee, and no safety net for themselves or their families, he added.
Mir said that the scheme has triggered unrest among the youth in the country and led them to the streets. We support the demand of the youth for the immediate rollback of the scheme, he said.
The scheme proposes to recruit soldiers on a 4-year contract basis, at the end of which 75% of them will be released unemployed. Even those recruited will have no real opportunities for growth within the army, the selected candidates will be recruited for the non-commissioned ranks only such as Sepoy, Naik, and Lance Naik. This is a set up for failure for the youth. Such systems cannot work in our country. Similar systems are deployed in countries like the US, but the US also has one of the highest poverty rates among army veterans. India should not and cannot subject soldiers to a future of uncertainty, insecurity or even destitution. This policy is a huge blunder and cannot be justified on any account. We strictly condemn the Agnipath scheme and demand that the government listens to the pleas of the Indian youth and goes back on its decision to implement it.