Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann stopped his convoy after a person protesting towards the brand new army recruitment scheme ‘Agnipath’ requested him for a chat, the Aam Aadmi Get together, or AAP, mentioned in a video tweet.
The video reveals Mr Mann greeting folks someplace in Punjab throughout a roadshow. He’s seen standing by way of the sunroof of his protected SUV, when a person in a black t-shirt waved at him.
Quickly, the convoy stopped and the person rushed in the direction of the Chief Minister’s white Ford Endeavour. The person shook fingers with Mr Mann, and mentioned, “All of the leaders ought to have met and mentioned ‘Agnipath’ earlier than implementing it.”
Mr Mann, nonetheless holding the protester’s hand from the sunroof of the automobile, replied, “If MPs meet to debate ‘Agnipath’, I’ll personally go there.”
The explanation why Punjab loves @BhagwantMann ❤️
— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) June 19, 2022
Although the opposition events within the centre have condemned violent protests by army aspirants in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and different states, they’ve backed the calls for of the aspirants that the centre ought to sit down for negotiations.
The opposition additionally says the federal government ought to have held consultations and brought views from different leaders earlier than saying such a radical shift in recruitment to the armed forces.
The protests, in the meantime, continues in some states, essentially the most intense being in Uttar Pradesh, Telangana and Bihar. The centre has introduced a number of concessions amid the protests. There can be a ten per cent quota in Defence Ministry jobs, unfold throughout the Coast Guard and defence civilian posts, and all of the 16 defence public sector undertakings. This reservation can be along with present reservation for ex-servicemen.
On prime of all this, the federal government introduced 10 per cent reservation for ‘Agniveers’ within the Central Armed Police Forces, or CAPFs, and the Assam Rifles, which comes underneath the Defence Ministry.