Punjab College students’ Union (Lalkar) protest Agnipath
Amritsar, June 22
A protest demonstration led by members of the Punjab College students’ Union (Lalkar) was staged towards the Centre at Putlighar Chowk right here for the cancellation of Agnipath scheme. In assist to college students and youth of different states, the scholars of GNDU took out a protest march from Putlighar to Balmiki Chowk.
Sumit Singh from the Tarksheel Society, Gurbachan Singh from BKU Ugrahan and Gurpreet Singh from Punjab College students’ Union (Lalkar) addressed the protesters. The union leaders stated the choice taken by the BJP authorities to recruit army and paramilitary forces underneath the Agnipath scheme was anti-people.
“The Agnipath scheme will recruit kids between the age of 17 and 21 for 4 years however after that they are going to be laid off and despatched residence. There is no such thing as a provision for his or her livelihood, no pension and allowances or another advantages offered by the federal government. The Centre has been pushing for a discount within the defence funds. However in an effort to scale back the burden, the sword is being held on the individuals, who’re already reducing the gaps,” stated Gurpreet Singh.
Sumit Singh stated many kids from poor households go to the Military for everlasting employment resulting from hardships or household compulsions. “For the final two years, common army recruitment has been stalled. The desires of these, who had been ready for recruitment, have been shattered by the Centre. Now, these kids are over 21-year-old. Via Agnipath, the federal government intends to kick the employment of those youth and recruit uncooked and contract servicemen,” he stated.
Additionally they raised questions over the insurance policies of privatisation-liberalisation by the federal government.