Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, who has been opposing recruitment for four years under the ‘Agneepath’ scheme in the Indian Armed Forces, has now given reasons as well. He said that this period is very short. At the same time, he says that this system will not work for the army. The special thing is that Singh had also been a part of the army between 1963 and 1966 before becoming a politician.
Punjab Lok Congress president Singh said, “Four years of service is very less for a soldier.” He has expressed surprise at the government’s decision to change the existing recruitment policy which has been working for so long. “Recruiting soldiers for four years with an effective service of three years is not a good solution for the army,” he said.
During this, he has also raised questions on the recruitment of all classes from all over India in the army. He said that Sikh Regiment, Dogra Regiment, Madras Regiment and so on have their own special nature, which is very important for the army and which has been ignored here. Singh said that the system in place over the years has worked well.
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Apart from this, he said that it will be very difficult for recruits coming from different cultural backgrounds to adapt to the atmosphere of a particular regiment and that too for a short period of time. “It would never be worth the work of a professional military, which faces challenges in the East and West theatres,” he said.
The special thing is that Captain Amarinder Singh formed the Punjab Lok Congress Party after separating from the Congress. In the recently concluded Punjab Assembly elections also, he had entered the fray with the Bharatiya Janata Party, but could not achieve much success.
Opposition to the plan continues
Demonstrations are going on in many states of India including Bihar, Jharkhand, Telangana regarding Agneepath scheme. The demonstrations, which began with a demand for re-implementation of the old policy, turned violent on Thursday. The sabotage and arson continued on Friday as well. Angry protesters torched several trains in Bihar. Here, other political parties have also started giving reactions against this decision of the government.
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