Agnipath Recruitment: Protests are going on in many states of the country on the new ‘Agnipath’ scheme of recruitment in the Central Government’s army. Meanwhile, in Bihar’s Madhepura, youths opposing the scheme attacked the BJP office. The protesting youth kept the BJP office in their possession for a long time. Then after the demolition, it was set on fire.
BJP’s second office set on fire
Earlier on June 16, the BJP office in Nawada was also set on fire. A fire broke out inside the BJP office after burning tires. However, during this time no one was in the office.
According to the reports, youth created a ruckus on Friday, 17 June at Madhepura railway station in protest against the Agnipath scheme. The protesters ransacked the station premises. During this, ticket counters, hoardings, fans etc. were damaged. After this, the protesting youth blocked the road at Karpuri Chowk.
Third day of protest in Bihar
Protests had started from June 15 in many areas of Bihar against the Agnipath scheme of the central government. There were reports of arson and stone pelting from many places. On the next day i.e. on June 16, these demonstrations in the state became more fierce. Now even on June 17, the situation does not seem to be getting better. There is a demand of the protesting youth that the government should withdraw the Agnipath scheme without delay. They say that till the ‘Agnipath’ scheme is not withdrawn, they will continue to agitate on the streets.
Earlier on June 14, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh announced the ‘Agnipath’ scheme. With this announcement, the agitation to this scheme started. There are mainly two concerns of the protesting youth regarding this scheme. The first is that there is no permanent job in this. After four years, the service of 75 percent of the people will end. Secondly, the lifelong pension and health insurance facilities which were available to the soldiers under the old recruitment scheme, will no longer be applicable to these 75 percent people.