Over 2000 trains cancelled during Agnipath protests: Indian govt

New Delhi, July 23 (KMS): Indian government has informed the Parliament that more than 2000 trains were affected due to the protest against Agnipath scheme across India.

Indian Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw in a written reply in Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Indian Parlaiment, said 2,132 trains were cancelled between June 15 and June 23.

It is to mention here that the Agnipath scheme introduced by the Government of India on 14 June 2022, for recruitment of soldiers below the rank of commissioned officers into the three services of the armed forces, triggered massive protests across India. Under the new scheme all recruits will be hired only for a four year period. The personnel recruited under this scheme will not be entitled to long tenures, pension and other benefits which were there in old system.

On 16 June 2022, violent protests erupted in several Indian states where the army aspirants angry with the new scheme called for its rollback and damaged public property. By 17 June, 12 trains were set on fire, and the movement of 300 trains was affected. 214 trains were cancelled, 12 trains were diverted, and 90 were terminated short of their destination.

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