June 19, 2022

Scrap the ‘Agnipath Scheme’

CPI(M) Polit Bureau has issued the following statement on June 16, 2022

THE Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly disapproves of the ‘Agnipath’ scheme that does a disservice to India’s national interests. Professional armed forces cannot be raised by recruiting ‘soldiers on contract’ for a period of four years. This scheme, to save pension money, severely compromises the quality and efficiency of our professional armed forces.

For the last two years, there has been no recruitment in the Indian army. Instead of recruiting regular soldiers into the armed forces, this scheme leaves such contract soldiers with no other prospects of employment after their four years. This creates a dangerous situation where they may end up serving private militias. This has hazardous implications for our social fabric already under severe strain.

It is criminal to call upon our youth to be prepared to make the supreme sacrifice without the minimum protection of job security. The spontaneous protests in various parts of the country reflect the anger against this scheme.https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif

The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) demands that this ‘Agnipath’ scheme be scrapped forthwith and regular recruitment into the armed forces be undertaken urgently.