Modi grilled for using army officer to defend his policy

Agnipath anti-youth, against interests of India: AICC leader

Jammu, June 26 (KMS): All India Congress Committee (AICC) leader Capt (retd) Ajay Yadav on Sunday hit out at the BJP-led Indian government for its “ill-conceived” Agnipath scheme and said it is not only anti-youth but also against the interests of the country.

Yadav claimed that there are 62 lakh vacancies in the country in the government sector which needs to be filled.“The Agnipath scheme is not only anti-youth but against the interests of the nation. It will reduce the strength of our armed forces in the years to come even as our country is surrounded by hostile neighbours like China and India,” he told reporters in Jammu.

Flanked by senior leaders of J-K Pradesh Congress Committee including its president G A Mir, Yadav advocated immediate rollback of the scheme. “We cannot afford to compromise on our defence preparedness and its strength”.

Referring to the nationwide protests against the scheme, he said the youth of the country are on roads but the Prime Minister and the Defence Minister are “silent and not listening to the voice of the youth and war veterans”.

Lashing out at the Modi government for using army officers to defend its policy, he said the army was never politicised in the past seven decades.