BATHINDA: Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) has declared its support to the nationwide protest by youth against the new Agnipath scheme for recruitment in the armed forces. Urging to keep the protests peaceful, SKM has termed the scheme as anti-military, anti-farmer and anti-national saying the central government is bent upon destroying the spirit of the slogan Jai Jawan Jai Kisan.
SKM has stated it is the duty of the farmer movement to stand shoulder to shoulder with the jawans in this struggle and has decided to observe protest day across the country on June 24, the day of the start of Agnipath recruitment. The decision was taken by the 7 member coordination committee of SKM in its meeting held at Karnal in Haryana on Monday.
Describing the scheme as playing with the future of the country, SKM stated that it is not only playing with the national security and dreams of unemployed youth, but also with the farmer families of the country.
“The jawan of this country is a uniformed farmer. Most of the soldiers are from farmer families. Army job is tied to the honor and economic strength of numerous farmer families. It is a matter of shame for the country that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who started his victory campaign by rallying ex-servicemen with the promise of ‘One Rank One Pension’, has now launched this scheme of ‘No Rank No Pension’,” the SKM stated.
“The huge cut in regular recruitment in the army is a betrayal of the farmer sons who had cherished the dream of serving in the army for years. It is not a coincidence that in this scheme, recruiting under the rule of All India All Class will result in the biggest reduction in recruitment from the very areas where the farmer’s movement was more active. This government, stunned by its defeat at the hands of the farmer’s movement, has another ploy to take revenge on the farmers,” it added.
On that day a memorandum will be submitted to the President of India, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, after organizing peaceful demonstrations at all district, tehsil or block headquarters with the slogan Jai Jawan Jai Kisan, and burning effigies of the union government. SKM has urged all youths opposing this scheme to join this protest by respecting the dignity of this peaceful protest.
It said the next national meet of SKM has been scheduled on July 3 at Ghaziabad. Decisions related to the upcoming program and organization of the front will be taken in this meeting.

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