Indian Farmers’ Collective SKM to Organize Military Recruitment Demonstration

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The Indian farmers’ collective Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) will today stage a nationwide protest against the government’s ‘Agnipath’ military recruitment programme.

Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) farmers’ collective will today stage nationwide protests against the Indian government’s ‘Agnipath’ military recruitment scheme – Photo: DNA

The Indian farmers’ collective Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) will today stage a nationwide protest against the government’s ‘Agnipath’ military recruitment programme.

Agnipath was introduced on June 14 to reduce retirement costs associated with the Indian Armed Forces. Under the scheme, military recruits between the ages of 17.5 and 21 will not be allowed to retain employment after four years of service in the army, navy or air force. Moreover, only a quarter of recruits in this age bracket will be retained for permanent service.

Today’s protests will add to the now violent protests of the past week, which youths, military veterans, opposition leaders and some members of Prime Minister Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have reported of their concerns. The SKM led the year-long protests to September 2020 against Modi’s laws now withdrawn on grain production. Similar to Modi’s market-liberalizing farm bills, Agnipath plan protesters fear prolonged unemployment and reduced government support given India’s weakened economy and shrinking employability amid the pandemic . In the short term, the introduction of the Agnipath program will increase instability as clashes between protesters and police grow increasingly violent, and worsen India’s struggle with chronic unemployment.

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