Congress President Kharge slams Modi govt over 'Agnipath' scheme, calls for 'Apology to Youth'

Agnipath Scheme: Kharge's remarks come in response to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's defence of the 'Agnipath' scheme, where Singh highlighted its potential to cultivate risk-taking and technological prowess among armed forces recruits.

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Agnipath Scheme: Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge has criticised the government for acknowledging flaws in the 'Agnipath' scheme, alleging that it has jeopardised the futures of countless youths. He demanded an apology from the government for its role in implementing the scheme.

Kharge's Allegations

Kharge's remarks come in response to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's defence of the 'Agnipath' scheme, where Singh highlighted its potential to cultivate risk-taking and technological prowess among armed forces recruits. However, Kharge dismissed these assertions, citing concerns about the scheme's detrimental effects on national security and recruitment prospects.

Centre's Response

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, while defending the 'Agnipath' scheme, assured that the government is open to rectifying any identified deficiencies. He emphasised the steps taken to safeguard the interests of Agniveer jawans, including reservation quotas in paramilitary forces. This conditional admission of shortcomings indicates a potential willingness to reform the scheme.

Congress' Stance and Critique

Kharge reiterated the Congress' pledge to abolish the 'Agnipath' scheme, highlighting its adverse impact on national security and recruitment incentives. He condemned the government's imposition of the scheme without adequate consideration for the aspirations and welfare of the country's youth. Kharge urged voters to reject the BJP's electoral rhetoric, holding the party responsible for undermining the prospects of the nation's youth.

As political discourse intensifies in the lead-up to elections, the debate surrounding the 'Agnipath' scheme underscores the need for comprehensive reforms and accountability in national security policies. The Congress' commitment to repealing the scheme reflects widespread concerns about its efficacy and impact on youth aspirations, while the government's responsiveness to criticism hints at a potential shift in its defence strategies.