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Sensitive Government Can't Strike First, Think Later: Varun Gandhi on Agnipath

Gandhi said that changes in the scheme show that various dimensions were not considered when the policy was framed.

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Sensitive Government Can't Strike First, Think Later: Varun Gandhi on Agnipath
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BJP MP Varun Gandhi on Saturday, 18 June, took a swipe at the Centre over the Agnipath scheme, saying it is not appropriate for a sensitive government to “strike first and think later” when it comes to the armed forces, security and youth’s future.

Gandhi cited the changes brought in the scheme, a short term employment for youngsters in the armed forces as soldiers, soon after it was announced, saying it shows that its various dimensions were not considered when the policy was being framed, he said.

The scheme, especially its feature that 75 percent of the recruits will serve only for four years and will not enjoy benefits like regular soldiers, has sparked protests in different parts of the country amid hectic efforts by the government to assuage the youth’s concerns.

The upper age limit was raised to 23 years on Thursday, 16 June with some government departments announcing priority for Agniveers in jobs.

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