The whole sequence of events following the announcement of the Agnipath program has shaken the credibility of the military leadership since it could not take into consideration that the candidates registered in 2019 according to the recruitment standards of the time (“Glaring chinks in Agnipath armor’). The majority of them went through all the stages and were waiting for the letter of adhesion. The Covid disrupted the formalization of the recruitment. The military leadership, which the young people consider as apolitical, impartial and decisive, disappointed everyone. The culture of the “yes-man” is the order of the day. In addition, the argument that the program will save funds is not clear Yet, there is enough room to consider the case of the candidates registered in 2019 who were in the process of being inducted Discussions and debates must continue on all platforms, including in Parliament, so that the citizens of this country can know the goals and objectives of the plan and how it will achieve them.
Ravi Bhushan, Kurukshetra
War veterans agree with the article “Glare cracks in the Agnipath armor”, but I would like to point out that the author missed the constitutional loophole – the Agnipath scheme does not have the approval of Parliament. And why the Air Chief is in a hurry to give effect to an unconstitutional plan, no one knows.
Brig HS Ghuman (Retd), by mail
Revise the recruitment policy
The Agnipath program failed to meet the aspirations of youth (“The political economy of Agnipath agitation”). Despite official assurances and justifications, the revised paradigm will attract poor quality human resources and undermine military professionalism, based on values such as discipline, integrity, commitment, sacrifice and duty. The government was right to announce an increase in age, to maintain the composition of the existing unit and a 10% reserve in the Central Police Force and Assam Rifles after retirement. As the country faces unique operational challenges, it should further revise its recruitment policy rationally to give young people a chance to serve the country longer, not just for four years.
DS Kang, Bahadurpur
Need jobs, no promises
Refer to ‘Time for path correction’; solving the problem of massive unemployment in the country should be the top priority. Having failed to create jobs, the government is only leading young people down the garden path. In the wake of the Agnipath program, some hopes of lasting service in the military also disappeared. Unemployed youth engage in destructive activities, as seen recently at UP. The government must realize that people cannot be duped forever on false promises. Every effort is needed to create jobs in the public and private sectors in order to engage young people constructively.
CS Mann, Una
Not easy for Afghanistan
About “Helping Afghanistan”, for the defenseless Afghan people, the list of miseries does not end. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake caused untold suffering and death. The more than four-decade war has produced little in the way of a real emergency management system in Afghanistan, while the current cash-strapped Taliban government is also ill-equipped to respond to a disaster of a such magnitude. India is already playing its aid role. The United States and its allies, responsible for the mess in Afghanistan, must seize the opportunity to help the people.
Gregory Fernandes, Bombay
May depend on India
There are no permanent friends in the international arena of nations. Nonetheless, India has been a resolute and all-weather crutch for Afghanistan in these trying times (“Help Afghanistan”). It is an investment that will pay off. India has good relations with Iran and Afghanistan. These two nations are the key to the vast sea of nations in the Middle East that hold endless possibilities for lasting ties and profitable trade in various sectors. A commendable task that the current government has done is to develop strong diplomatic ties with many countries.
Rewan Sharma, by mail
Cooperatives in Punjab
The Punjab CM statement regarding plans to strengthen rural cooperatives for financial self-sufficiency through cluster-based agro-industrial units will be closely watched by the people in general and economists in particular. So far, little has been done by successive governments. Only the movement and cooperative institutions, devoid of political interest, can save Punjab from an economic crisis. The involvement of young people in innovative cooperatives must be ensured and encouraged.
Brij Bhushan Goyal, Ludhiana
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