Agnipath scheme protests Highlights: Stating that the Centre is “weakening the army with its Agnipath recruitment scheme, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government would have to withdraw the scheme just like they rolled back the farm laws.
“When there is a war results of this will be evident…they are weakening the army, it will harm the country and they call themselves nationalists,” Gandhi said while addressing party workers. “I had said about farm laws that Modiji will have to take them back and he did. Now, the Congress is saying PM Modi will have to withdraw the Agnipath scheme and all the youth are standing with us on this,” he said
Amid the ongoing protests against the Agnipath recruitment scheme for the armed forces, the Indian Air Force issued its notification, stating that registration will start from June 24. Meanwhile, the three service chiefs separately met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday and briefed him about their plan to implement the Agnipath scheme. To address misgivings about the scheme, senior officers of the three services held a press conference for the second time in three days. Lt Gen Anil Puri, Additional Secretary, Department of Military Affairs, said several deliberations were held before the scheme was announced. There were about 150 meetings, adding up to 500 hours of discussions, among the services, he said.