Announcement of Khap Panchayats, boycott those applying for Agneepath scheme
The opposition to the Agneepath scheme started for army recruitment in Haryana is increasing through the farmers’ movement. Leaders of some khap panchayats in Haryana have appealed for social boycott of those applying for recruitment under the Agneepath scheme. Not only this, Khap leaders have also called upon the leaders of BJP and Jannayak Janata Party to oppose it.
Apart from this, those supporting the scheme have also been appealed to oppose it. It is noteworthy that recently many industrialists including Anand Mahindra have supported the Agneepath scheme and promised jobs as firefighters to the retired youth.
According to media reports, a meeting of leaders of Khap Panchayats as well as other organizations was held at Sampla in Rohtak district of Haryana on Wednesday. In which leaders of states like Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh participated. Apart from this some student organizations also participated in it.
Dhankhar Khap leader OP Dhankhar, who presided over the meeting, said, “We will try to isolate people who have applied for jobs under the Agneepath scheme from the society.” We are opposing this scheme, which is an attempt to make youth laborers in the name of Agniveer.
Will applicants be boycotted under this scheme? Responding to this question, Dhankhar said, ‘We do not want to use the word botkot, but social distance will be maintained from them.
In fact, the army has issued a notification for the recruitment of firefighters and for this online registration will start from July. Under the scheme, firefighters will have a tenure of 4 years, after which 75 per cent will be removed from duty. While 25% of the people will be recruited as regular soldiers.