Congress to stage protest against Centre’s Agnipath Scheme, security beefed up at Jantar Mantar

19 June, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

Police and Rapid Action Force soldiers have been stationed at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar ahead of the Congress party's 'Satyagraha' demonstration

Police and Rapid Action Force personnel have been stationed at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar ahead of the Congress party’s ‘Satyagraha’ demonstration against the Centre’s Agnipath plan for recruitment into the Indian Armed Forces.

Congress is expected to stage ‘Satyagraha’ at Jantar Mantar today in support of the young opposing the Central Government’s Agnipath Recruitment Scheme. The demonstration will be attended by all MPs, CWC members, and AICC office-bearers.

Protests over the new Armed Forces recruiting process have erupted in several areas of the nation. Protests got violent in several areas, with trains being set on fire.

Government introduced the Agnipath Scheme on June 14 in an effort to alter the Armed Forces’ recruiting procedure. The Centre has decided to alter the upper age restriction for recruiting Agniveers in response to the Opposition’s criticism of the new military recruitment plan.

The Agniveer upper age restriction for recruitment under Agnipath Scheme has been increased to 23 years from 21 years, following to a one-time waiver granted by the Centre on June 16, 2022.