SKM holds demos across India against Agnipath scheme

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The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) held peaceful demonstrations across India, today, against the Agnipath scheme of four-year recruitment in the Army, recently announced by the Narendra Modi-led Indian government.

The SKM – a consortium of 40-odd farmers’ organisations from across the India, which was instrumental in the more than a year long agitation that prompted the Modi government to withdraw its three farm laws – along with trade unions, civil society organisations, and students held widespread protest demonstrations in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh to observe “a day of protest against Agnipath” scheme.

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Following the peaceful demonstrations across multiple districts, the SKM submitted memorandum to the respective DMs/DCs against the Agnipath scheme, terming it “anti-military, anti-farmer, and anti-national” scheme.

The SKM termed the Agnipath scheme as “a big fraud upon the nation”, for the youth aspiring to join the Indian armed forces, and for the farmer families of the country.

The SKM stated that it is a great injustice to the youth to make three-fourths of the Agniveers stand on the road after four years of service. “Replacing the regiment’s social character with ‘All Class All India’ recruits would be a huge blow to the regions and communities that have served the nation through the army for generations. These include areas like Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, western Uttar Pradesh and eastern Rajasthan,” it said.

The farmers also demanded there be no imposition of the condition to make an affidavit; withdrawal of all false cases registered against youths involved in anti-Agnipath protests, and release of arrested youths.

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