Government should bring a ‘white paper’ on ‘Agneepath’ scheme: Congress

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New Delhi. Amid the controversy created by the statement of Leader of Opposition Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha regarding ‘Agniveer’ and the protest by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, the Congress on Thursday said that the government should bring a ‘white paper’ on the ‘Agneepath’ scheme so that the country can know the real situation. The head of the party’s ‘Ex-Servicemen Department’ Colonel (Retired) Rohit Chaudhary also said that if the Congress comes to power, it will end this scheme and restore the old recruitment process.

Chaudhary told reporters, “In Parliament, the Defense Minister presented incomplete information to the country, which created an atmosphere of doubt. As the main opposition, it is our responsibility to raise the issues of discrimination against the army and Agniveers.” He said, “Rahul Gandhi ji says that there should be no discrimination against the soldiers of the country, the army and the martyrs. This is not just a matter of martyr Agniveer Ajay Singh, but it is a matter of 13 martyred Agniveers, Agniveers serving in the army, Agniveers undergoing training and the security of the country.” Chaudhary said that the government should bring a ‘white paper’ on the ‘Agneepath’ scheme, discrimination between Agniveers and regular soldiers, and the assistance amount to be given to the families of martyrs.

He said that Congress will end the ‘Agnipath’ scheme on coming to power, ‘Agniveers’ will be made permanent, the old recruitment process will be restored in the army and those 1.5 lakh youth will be permanently included in the army who were not taken into service despite selection. Chaudhary claimed that the family of late Agniveer Ajay Singh got only Rs 48 lakh from the government, while they got Rs 1 crore from the Punjab government and Rs 50 lakh from an account in a private bank.

The Army on Wednesday rejected claims made in social media posts that compensation has not been paid to the family of Agniveer Ajay Kumar who lost his life in the line of duty. The Army said that out of the amount payable to the family, Rs 98.39 lakh has already been paid. It said in the clarification that the total amount would be around Rs 1.65 crore.

The clarification came after Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Rahul Gandhi shared a video of Ajay’s father on ‘X’ in which he allegedly said that he has not received any money. Gandhi had on Wednesday alleged that Defence Minister Rajnath Singh lied inside Parliament about financial assistance being provided to the family of the ‘Agniveer’ in case of his death. He had said that Singh should apologise to Parliament, the country and the Army.

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