Agnipath Scheme

Agniveer Amritpal Singh’s death: No military funeral due to suicide, Army explains

Amritpal Singh, a 21-year-old Agniveer recruit from Punjab, died by suicide while on sentry duty in the Rajouri sector of Jammu and Kashmir. The soldier was serving with a battalion of the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles in the Poonch sector and had only recently commenced active duty. His untimely demise raised questions as he was […]

Cost Of Agnipath Protest: 2,000 Trains Affected, Rail Properties Worth Rs 259 Cr Damaged, Says Railways Minister

NEW DELHI: More than 2000 trains were affected across the country as protestors of the Agnipath Scheme damaged properties worth more than Rs 259 crores, Union railways minister Ashwini Vaishnaw informed the Parliament on Friday. In a written reply to Rajya Sabha, Vaishnaw said 2,132 trains were cancelled between June 15 and June 23. Train […]

Opposition, Sans Congressman Tewari, Signs Memorandum Against Agnipath Scheme

KOLKATA: Members of the opposition parties on Monday submitted a memorandum demanding withdrawal of the Agnipath Scheme at the Parliamentary Consultative Committee for Defence. However, in an interesting development, sources said that Congress’ Manish Tewari did not sign the memorandum despite other members from his party signing it. However, it is learnt that Tewari, who […]

TMC To Demand Suspension Of Agnipath In Defence Committee Meet

KOLKATA: Expressing concerns, Trinamool Congress (TMC) will demand suspension of the Agnipath Scheme at Parliament Advisory Committee for Defence scheduled on July 8. Sources in TMC told The New Indian that they are not alone as opposition parties will close ranks to strongly oppose the scheme in the meeting. Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy has […]

‘Why Should We?’ Mamata Turns Down Centre’s Request For Jobs To Agniveers

KOLKATA: Raising question on central government’s request to provide jobs to Agniveers West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee denounces the move saying ‘why should we?’ The central government in a letter to state governments has urged to provide jobs to Agniveers once they complete their tenure of four years. Banerjee, during […]

Reforms In Armed Forces Have To Be Transparent: Congress

NEW DELHI: Upping the ante against the Narendra Modi government at the centre over the Agnipath scheme, the Congress on Friday lambasted the government saying that the reforms in the armed forces have to be transparent and demanded its roll back. “The government’s Agnipath scheme is yet another ill-conceived disruption by the BJP government that […]

Agnipath Scheme Will Weaken Army: Rahul Gandhi

NEW DELHI: Breaking his silence on Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) questioning regarding the National Herald case, Rahul Gandhi said that the party should focus on the Agnipath Scheme, rather than the “small affair” of his questioning. Addressing Congress leaders and workers at the party headquarters here, the former party president also appealed to the party leaders […]

BJP Leader’s Agniveer Remark Draws Criticsm

  NEW DELHI: The national general secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Kailash Vijayvargiya brewed controversy on Sunday when he said he will recruit Agniveers as security guards for the BJP’s offices. “When an Agniveer comes out of the service after four years he will have the tag of an Agniveer which he can […]

Sonia Calls For Peaceful Stir As Cong Demands Agnipath Rollback

  NEW DELHI: As violent protests against the recently-announced military recruitment scheme ‘Agnipath’ continued in several parts of India, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday appealed to protesters to observe restraint and maintain peace as the party demanded its rollback. Gandhi, in a statement, called the new recruitment scheme “directionless” and said the party “stands […]

PM Only Listens To His Friends: RG Takes Potshots At Govt

NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi on Friday took potshots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he said that he is not ready to understand what the people of the country want. Embattled former Congress president, who appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for three consecutive days in connection with the National Herald case, alleged that PM […]