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Agnipath: Farmer, Khap leaders to protest against central govt’s Agnipath scheme

Agnipath - Farmer, Khap leaders to protest against central govt's Agnipath scheme
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Farmer and Khap leaders to protest against the central government’s Agnipath scheme.

After a year-long protest by farmers against three controversial farm laws, which led to their repeal, farmer and khap leaders in the region, especially in Haryana, have been working harder to organize a protest against the central government’s Agnipath scheme.

The leaders of the khap have called a meeting for Tuesday in Jind to come up with a plan to stop the scheme. Leaders of farmers’ groups, youth groups, student groups, and social groups have been asked to attend. On Wednesday, leaders of these groups from Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand will gather in the village of Garhi Sampla (Rohtak).

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Farmers and Khap leaders have taken the initiative to bring together the different groups fighting against Agnipath on one platform. This is because most of the aspirants come from rural areas and are involved in farming.

During the farmer agitation, the farmers and khap leaders also learned a lot about how to keep a stir going for a long time. Leaders of the farmers think that to keep the protests peaceful, they need to be organized and work together.

Notably, the protests against Agnipath in Haryana began in Palwal and Rewari, where the number of people protesting against the three farm laws was the lowest. A lot of young people from these districts and other parts of southern Haryana like to join the Army because it gives them job opportunities and makes them feel proud to be part of the armed forces. Because there isn’t enough irrigation water in the south of Haryana, farming hasn’t been as profitable as in other parts of the state.

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The young people who are protesting are worried that they won’t be able to get regular jobs in the armed forces if the old way of recruiting isn’t kept.

Mandeep Nathan, a farmer leader from Fatehabad, says, ‘This time, the protests could be bigger because everyone cares about the issue of national security.’ Aside from farmers, young people from other groups, such as laborers, also want to join the military. They don’t want to be sent on short-term jobs in the Army.