Center to incur ‘huge expense’ for Agnipath: Meenakshi Lekhi
Union Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture Meenakshi Lekhi said on Saturday that while several countries are making military service compulsory, the Indian government has chosen to undertake a “huge expense” by putting set up the Agnipath program.
Lekhi was speaking at the launch of the book ‘Swadhinta Sangram na 75 Shoorveero’ which narrates a one page summary of 75 freedom fighters from India.
Pointing out that countries “like Singapore, Israel” “compulsorily force children after school to work with the army,” Lekhi said, “Here the government officially takes (recruits) you and also pays you Rs 22 lakh in four years…Where else can one get Rs 22 lakh in four years?It is a huge expense that the government undertakes.
The Union minister further said that the people “attempting to spread false rumours” about the Agnipath program are likely the same people who were “spreading false rumours” during the Covid-19 pandemic about the vaccine.
“There need not be a ladai ka mahaul (war situation), but even without a war situation, there may be a disaster situation which the country experiences frequently. So if there are trained people (to deal with disasters), this job will be done,” Lekhi added.
Part of the event included 75 children dressed up as the 75 freedom fighters featured in the book.