Congress terms Agnipath scheme Centre’s ‘hire and fire policy’


Staff Reporter


The state unit of the Congress party on Wednesday demanded the government to scrap the newly-launched Agnipath recruitment scheme for the military.

Addressing a press conference in Panaji, senior Congress leader Captain Viriato Fernandes termed the scheme as “hire and fire policy” of the BJP-led central government.

“With ill-conceived policy called Agnipath scheme, they are justifying that this scheme was brought as there is severe shortage of trained armed forces in the three services. We want to question Prime Minister Narendra Modi that if there was a severe shortage of armed forces then why there
was no recruitment in the last two years? And why now? Is it because of the 2024 parliamentary elections?” Fernandes questioned.

“With no gratuity and pension, after four years what will Agniveers do? After four years of service, if they have no source of income to look after their families then they can fall prey to anti-national elements. What kind of training will they give in just six months?” he added.

Reacting to the statements of Chief Minister Pramod Sawant that Agniveers would be absorbed in the government set-up after the end of four-year term, Fernandes questioned why Sawant-led government is not considering recruiting youth who are already qualified
and trained in different fields.

GPCC president Amit Patkar along with five Congress MLAs participated in a satyagraha at Congress headquarters in Delhi against the questioning of Rahul Gandhi by the Enforcement Directorate and to oppose the Agnipath scheme.