Ex-groups servicemen in Punjab and Haryana have slammed the Agnipath scheme for Army recruiting, claiming it is equivalent to playing with the Army’s career and urging the government to refrain from “experimenting with the Army.”
Sources spoke to a cross-section of ex-serving jawans on Wednesday and discovered that they were opposed to the idea to hire soldiers for four-year periods and retain only 25% of the intake for full pensionable service.
Agnipath’s concept was comparable to forming a “private army”
Retired havildar Premjit Singh Brar, district head of the Ex-Servicemen Welfare Union in Faridkot, claimed the Agnipath concept was comparable to forming a “private army,” and that the youth would not be interested in four-year deployments.
Darshan Singh Subedar an honorary captain, and a member of the Indian Ex-Services Union in Moga, believes the scheme is also ‘completely wrong.’