Senior Congress leader and former I&B Minister Manish Tewari’s backing of the Agnipath scheme announced by the Modi government has not gone down well with the Congress party . There is an outrage within the party against Manish Tewari who has openly supported the Agnipath scheme contrary to the party’s stand, reported ANI.
The displeasure increased following his refusal to sign the Opposition’s memorandum for the withdrawal of the Centre’s Agnipath recruitment scheme.
My Take :
Why Defense recruitment reform is in larger National Interest:
— Manish Tewari (@ManishTewari) June 29, 2022
The Anandpur Sahib MP Manish Tewari, who is part of the Consultative Committee for Defence in Parliament refused to sign the Opposition’s memorandum seeking withdrawal of the Centre’s Agnipath recruitment scheme.
Tiwari in a tweet, ’empathising’ with youth who had concerns over the scheme, said, “Reality is that India needs a younger armed force with lighter human footprint savvy on technology, equipped with state of the art weaponry.”
I do empathise with youth who have concerns over Agnipath recruitment Process.Reality is India needs a younger armed force with lighter human footprint savvy on technology, equipped with state of art weaponry. Armed forces of Union shouldn’t be an employment guarantee programme
— Manish Tewari (@ManishTewari) June 16, 2022
In the meeting of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Defence, a demand was made by the Opposition for the withdrawal of the Agnipath recruitment scheme. Out of the total of 12 MPs in the meeting, six were from Opposition parties – Rajni Patil, Shaktisinh Gohil and Manish Tewari of the Congress, Supriya Sule of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Saugata Roy of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), and AD Singh from the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
All six, except Tewari, signed a memorandum for the withdrawal of the scheme.