Updated: June 21, 2022 11:06:31 am
Amid nationwide protests over the Centre’s Agnipath scheme, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar Tuesday announced that the state government would give “guaranteed employment” to Agniveers once they are relieved from the defence forces after four years.
In a tweet posted by Khattar on his official Twitter handle, he wrote, “I make this announcement that under the Agnipath scheme, those Agniveers who shall come back after serving the nation for four years, those people shall be given employment in Haryana government.”
मैं घोषणा करता हूँ कि ‘अग्निपथ योजना’ के तहत 4 वर्ष देश की सेवा करने के बाद वापिस आने वाले अग्निवीरों को गारंटी के साथ हरियाणा सरकार में नौकरी दी जाएगी।
— Manohar Lal (@mlkhattar) June 21, 2022
The protests against the Union government’s Agnipath scheme had been intensifying over the past one week. In Haryana, too, violent protests have been seen at various places, including Palwal, Mahendragarh, Ballabgarh, Faridabad, Hisar, Fatehabad, Jind, Bhiwani, Charkhi Dadri and Rohtak.
The Haryana Police has registered multiple FIRs, booking over 1,000 youths allegedly involved in arson and stone pelting, blockades of national and state highways, and vandalising police and other government vehicles. A few of the accused have also been identified.
The military leadership has said those named in FIRs registered on charges of stone pelting and arson will not be allowed recruitment in any of the three defence services.
Opposition Indian National Congress leaders, including Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Randeep Surjewala, Kumari Selja, Udai Bhan and others, had earlier lambasted Khattar, asking him if he would ensure that those relieved of their services after four years would be ensured employment in the Haryana government.
Khattar’s announcement, the first such announcement by a state government, is seen as a reply to the Opposition that has been supporting the protestors.
Soon after Khattar’s announcement, Congress Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Randeep Surjewala hit back, asking the CM not to give “another lollipop” to the youth.
Surjewala tweeted, “Respected Khattar ji, do not dissuade these youth in another lollipop. 1. How will you create another category beyond 50 per cent reservation? 2. Then, this #AgnipathScheme’s additional reservation category shall be challenged by somebody and the children will again be on the roads. PM should be told that all should be kept in the defence services only after four years. Do not trick the youngsters”.
आदरणीय खट्टर जी,
इन युवाओं को लालीपॉप में मत उलझाएँ।
1. आप 50% आरक्षण से ज़्यादा एक और कैटेगरी कैसे बनायेंगे?
2. फिर ये #AgnipathScheme की अतिरिक्त कैटेगरी को कोर्ट में कोई भी चुनौती देगा और बच्चे फिर सड़क पर।
PM से कहें सबको 4 साल बाद सबको सेना में रखें। युवाओं को बहकाएँ मत। https://t.co/eZctYxXUO0
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) June 21, 2022
According to Supreme Court guidelines, a state government cannot give reservation in government jobs beyond 50 per cent. However, in certain states, reservation in government jobs has been more than this 50 per cent upper limit.
Earlier, the Haryana government had also attempted to create reservation in government jobs beyond 50 per cent, but that hit legal scrutiny and could not be implemented.
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A close aide of the CM told The Indian Express that “once the chief minister has announced it, he must have a plan in his mind. The discussions are also going on in the top corridors of the state government to work out modalities so that the announcement made by the chief minister could be implemented in letter and spirit.”
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