Bhagwant Mann, the chief minister of Punjab, today criticized the new Agnipath Army recruitment programme launched by the Union government. He said that a resolution would be brought in the Assembly against it.
In response to a query about the Agnipath programme posed by Leader of the Opposition Partap Singh Bajwa, CM Mann made this statement.
The AAP government is utterly opposed to the Agnipath scheme, according to CM Bhagwant Mann. The age range for youth recruiting in this scheme is 17.5 to 23 years.
The youngsters will get a chance to join the Armed Services for a total of 4 years including the training period.
He may not have been married at that age. He will not even be able to take the facility of the canteen after retiring from the army.
Before the chief minister, Partap Singh Bajwa, the leader of the opposition, urged all political parties to unite together against the Agnipath programme.
A resolution against it should be passed unanimously in the Assembly. BJP MLA Ashwani Sharma, however, was against it.
It should be noted that young people would be enlisted in the Army for 4 years under the Agnipath scheme. In the first year, they will be paid a wage of roughly Rs 30,000 per month. Then, it will rise by 10% annually, meaning that in the second year, their income will be Rs 33,000, in the third year, Rs 36,500, and in the fourth year, Rs 40,000.
In the meantime, Seva Nidhi Fund would deduct around 30% of their monthly wage. Each Agniveer will receive a total payment of Rs. 11.77 lakh from the government upon completion of service after 4 years. About 25% of "Agniveers" will be retained for the following service after four years.