Cong activists protest against Agnipath Scheme at Leh

Cong Party activists led by Rigzin Jora staging protest against Agnipath Scheme of BJP Govt at Leh on Tuesday. —Excelsior/ Morup Stanzin
Cong Party activists led by Rigzin Jora staging protest against Agnipath Scheme of BJP Govt at Leh on Tuesday.
—Excelsior/ Morup Stanzin

Excelsior Correspondent

LEH, June 28: The Territorial Congress Committee Ladakh (TCCL) under the leadership of former minister Nawang Rigzin Jora and in the presence of LOP and Councillors, MCL Chairman, DCC president and executives, Sarpanches, Ward members, Territorial Mahila president and executives held a Satyagraha in Leh against the Agnipath scheme of the Govt of India.
“The controversial scheme seeks to enlist ‘Agniveers’ aged 17.5-23 years in the Armed Forces for a period of 4 years at the end of which 75% of the youth will be rendered unemployed in their prime age while only up to 25% of the cadre will be taken on permanent enrolment. With the starting salary of Rs 30,000 and Seva Nidhi package of Rs 11.71 lakhs at the end of the term, these youth will have no further job security and will be on their own or just end up as security guards or chowkidars,” Jora said .
He said, additionally, with only 6 months of training these youth will not even be battle ready or experienced enough like the existing cadre which creates a greater concern to the security of the country. It is also a scheme by which Government seeks to reduce the burden of pension; not even a family pension if a soldier dies in the line of duty or a disability cover.
“With Ladakh Scouts Regiment being one of the top recruiters of young people in the Indian Army from all corners of Ladakh, economy of some 12,000 families will be affected. The scheme will not only create insecurity and disillusionment amongst the youth but also give rise to great amount of frustration in addition to contributing to a large reserve of existing unemployed force,” Cong leader said.
Congress Party in Ladakh stands in solidarity with the youth of the country and strongly urges the government to roll back the controversial scheme at the earliest, he added.

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