On Sunday, Samyukt Kisan Morcha will begin a national campaign against the Agnipath plan.

Farmers, ex-servicemen, youth and youth join forces to launch resistance to Agnipath program . Agnipath scheme would result in drastic reduction in the number of troops .

BATHINDA: Farmers, ex-servicemen, and youth have joined hands to launch a sustained resistance to the central government's Agnipath program.This was announced in a joint press conference by Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, the United Front of Ex-Servicemen (who has completed 2600 days of continuous resistance for the One-Rank One-Pension initiative), and a number of youth organisations protesting the Agnipath plan.From August 7 to 14, they announced the holding of Jai Jawan Jai Kisan Sammelan at various locations.The Agnipath scheme, it was reported, has put an end to the tried and tested approach of regular, permanent recruitment to the armed forces.

At a time when external threats to national security are on the rise, replacing the bulk of the regular recruitment by contract Agniveers will seriously hampered the armed forces' operational efficiency and morale.It was a betrayal to those candidates who had worked towards it for years and were waiting for the end product of their hard work to be announced.The unemployed youth who are losing out on government jobs would be devastated by the move.This is a serious loss for farming families who have contributed to the nation by enlisting their youth in the military.

With our kisans and jawans in jeopardy, the entire structure of our nation is in jeopardy.Our silence should not be enough for the government to bulldoze and destroy the nation's protectors and feeders.According to the campaign, the Agnipath scheme should be immediately eliminated and all notifications issued under it must be cancelled.The old, time-tested approach of regular, permanent recruitment must be preserved.

In lieu of non-recruitment for the past two years, the recruitment procedure that has already started must be completed with an age relaxation of 2 years.All charges against anti-agnipath demonstrators must be dropped and the detained youth must be released immediately.For national security & defense of the armed forces' honour and morale, there should be no privatization in the military sector.