Protests intensify in India over ‘Agnipath’ project; Mob burn trains
Published: 03:41 PM, 17 June 2022 Updated: 05:22 PM, 17 June 2022
Angry mobs set fire to several trains in different states over the new recruitment process in the army under the “Agnipath” or “Path of Fire” project on Friday, June 17; Photo: Collected
In India, protests are taking place in several states, including Bihar and Telangana, over the new recruitment process in the army under the “Agnipath” or “Path of Fire” project.
On the third day of the protests, angry mobs set fire to several trains in different states. In the morning, trains were torched in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar due to agitation over the recruitment process.
Meanwhile, due to the movement, the government has raised the age limit for the recruitment process from 21 to 23 years.
The Indian Ministry of Defense recently announced that men and women between the ages of 17-21 will be employed in the Army, Air Force and Navy for four years under the “Agnipath” project. They will be basically trained. At that time they will be paid a salary of 30,000-40,000 rupees per month and a lump sum of 11 to 12 lakh rupees after 4 years. However, the jobs of more than 25 percent of trained youths will not be made permanent
After the announcement of the government, protests against the project started in different states of India, including Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Delhi.
Hundreds of job seekers took to the streets to protest against the low age and unsustainable jobs.
Protesters complain — why would they go to the army like this for four years? They are looking for a permanent job in the army.