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Railway Minister: Loss of Rs 259 crore to Indian Railways due to Agneepath demonstrations

Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav on Friday claimed that the Indian Railways has suffered a staggering lack of Rs 259.44 crore because of the ‘protest’ in opposition to the Agneepath scheme. He made this disclosure within the Higher Home of Parliament. On June 14 this 12 months, the Authorities of India together with the chiefs of the three armed forces launched the Agneepath scheme. Below the scheme, youth between the age group of 17.5 to 21 years can be recruited for a interval of 4 years. Whereas 25% will stay within the armed forces, the remaining Agniveers will get a stipend of Rs 11 lakh and preferential employment within the ministry of defence, police forces and paramilitary companies.

A whole lot of candidates from the armed forces took to the streets for ‘peaceable protests’ and demonstrations. They destroyed public property and burnt trains whereas opposing the federal government plan. Life got here to a standstill in a number of Indian states. College students dissatisfied with the Agneepath recruitment scheme within the southern state of Telangana ransacked the Secunderabad railway station and set a prepare on hearth. Armed forces candidates tear down a railway monitor in Jind district of Haryana’s Narwana city. additionally interrupted. They had been seen standing on railway tracks obstructing prepare motion and hoisting the tricolor.

An analogous sight was seen in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. Violent protesters had been seen vandalizing a railway station with their faces coated and throwing items on railway tracks. In Uttar Pradesh, a violent mob of candidates broke the windscreen of roadway buses on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway. Additionally they set a prepare on hearth in Ballia in the course of the protest. The Railway Minister additionally knowledgeable that greater than 2000 trains had been affected on account of Agneepath protest throughout the nation. In a written reply within the Rajya Sabha, he mentioned that between June 15 and June 23, 2132 trains had been canceled.

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