Doubts over Agneepath scheme ..
KTR said there were many doubts over the Agneepath scheme proposed by the Center. ‘In the current context of high unemployment in the country due to inefficient economic policies and administrative decisions of the Central Government, the Center has taken the decision to deceive the millions of youth who are still waiting for Army jobs while serving the country. The BJP government’s handing over of national security to the contract system is a testament to their hollow approach to national security. With the Agneepath project, besides national security, the future of the country’s youth will also be questionable, ‘said KTR. ‘Through the Agneepath policy 75 per cent of the youth who have served in the Army for just 4 years will become unemployed again. Young people who have been preparing for a job for years, rather than dreaming of joining the army and serving the country, are unlikely to stay on the job for at least all those years. If they join the Army at the most crucial age and are sent out for four years, then they have no chance of finding employment. He said the Center had failed to provide proper employment opportunities to ex-servicemen who had already served in the Army for years. In such a scenario, the policy of making 75 per cent of the youth who have been recruited in the army unemployed every year should be reconsidered immediately, ”KTR said. KTR said the Centre’s claim that firefighters who came out after four years would find employment in the private sector was a lie. Eddewa said the country’s youth know how true the two crore jobs a year in the private sector that Prime Minister Modi himself has said in the last 8 years are. Above all, KTR believes that rural youth who are less likely to find employment will be more likely to seek employment in the Army, as they are less likely to find employment in the competitive private sector after four years. KTR said that the need for experienced soldiers as well as trained new soldiers in times of crisis for national defense has been proven on many occasions in history. ‘With this controversial approach there is a danger of disrupting the institutional culture, traditions and values that have been built up in the Army for decades. The army is likely to undermine self-confidence in the face of the many challenges currently facing India with its neighbors. It is worrying that the BJP government is prioritizing only economic issues over national security, ”KTR wrote.