Will end ‘Agniveer Scheme’ as it weakens our Army: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, May 4 (UNI) Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday reiterated his party’s stand to end the ‘Agniveer Scheme’ once the INDIA government is formed at the centre and said that such scheme only weakens the Army.

Addressing a gathering here, he said, “When we will form the government, we will scrap the Agniveer scheme. There cannot be a contract system in the Army as such system will only weaken our Army.”

Alleging that this scheme was not made by the Indian Army, Gandhi said, “When we went into the details of the scheme we found that this was not made by the Army. The decision was taken by Prime Minister’s Office and the National Security Advisor.

The Congress leader said that this scheme was similar to that of Demonetisation, where neither the Finance Minister nor the Reserve Bank of India was consulted and the entire system was bypassed.

He said, “Due to the Agniveer Scheme, discrimination has arisen in the Army today. This scheme has lowered the morale of the Army.”

The Wayanad MP assured the one lakh fifty thousand youth who underwent rigorous training for this Agniveer scheme that the INDIA government will end the scheme and try to make a way for the youth.

He accused the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi of waiving off loans worth Rs 16 lakh crore of 22 industrialists.

“If their loans can be waived off then why the loans of the country’s farmers, labourers and youth not being waived off? Does 90% population in the country have no participation?” Rahul asked.

Alleging that the Constitution of the country is under attack, the former AICC Chief said, “There are about 50% OBCs, 15% Dalits and eight percent tribals in the country. But not a single person from OBC, Dalit or Tribal category will be found in the management of big companies of the country. There is not a single person from OBC, Dalit or Tribal category among the owners of media companies in India, that is why they do not listen to you”.

Gandhi also interacted with the people, who had come from different parts of the country.

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