Resolutions should be passed against Agnipath in every state, says Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann

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Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann has said all states should pass resolutions against the Centre’s brand new Agnipath scheme.

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann. (File pic)

The Punjab Assembly is all set to bring a resolution against the Centre’s short-term recruitment scheme for the Armed forces, Agnipath. Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann has said all states should pass resolutions against the Centre’s brand new Agnipath scheme.

The discussions were held on Tuesday during the ongoing Budget session in the Vidhan Sabha.

CM Bhagwant Mann said in the Assembly, “The BJP leaders have been claiming that if you are able to understand, you will find it good. Only they have the ability to understand? Aren’t we intelligent? The laws which the common people cannot understand should not be made. Resolutions should be passed against Agnipath in each Vidhan Sabha of the country.”

Further discussing it, CM Bhagwant Mann said, “When I think that a 17-year-old would get recruited and come back at 21, he would not even be married, he would not be recognised as an ex-soldier.

During the discussion, Leader of Opposition, Partap Singh Bajwa, pointed out that 20 per cent of Punjab’s youths were recruited by the defence forces in the past and then it was made population-based and 7.8 per cent of recruitment was being done from the state. “With the Agnipath scheme, it would come down to 2.3 per cent. We should bring a joint resolution to oppose it,” said Bajwa.

“The Punjab Regiment is the oldest regiment in India and the Sikh Regiment is the most decorated,” said Bajwa.

Partap Singh Bajwa also called the agniveers as mercenaries. “Agniveers will be trained as mercenaries. During the four years, you will give the young people a gun, you will give them professional training after he reaches the age of 21, he will disband. So what kind of message are we giving?” Bajwa asked.

While Bhagwant Mann echoed the demand to bring out an all-party resolution against Agnipath, Partap Bajwa went ahead and said, “The engineers could fall prey to the gangsters who have been poaching former army personnel as they are professionally trained.”

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