‘A separate knowledge concerning the quantity of refund granted to passengers on account of disruption of rail companies on account of public dysfunction consequent to agitation like these held after launching of Agnipath scheme is just not maintained,’ stated Vaishnav
Agnipath protest. File Pic
Indian Railways suffered a lack of Rs 259.44 crore on account of injury and destruction of its property in agitations in opposition to the Agnipath Scheme, Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav advised the Rajya Sabha.Giving a written reply to a sequence of questions requested by Congress chief Akhilesh Prasad Singh, the minister additional stated, “A separate knowledge concerning the quantity of refund granted to passengers on account of disruption of rail companies on account of public dysfunction consequent to agitation like these held after launching of Agnipath scheme is just not maintained”.However, Vaishnav stated, through the interval from “June 14, 2022, to June 30, 2022, a complete refund of roughly Rs 102.96 crores was granted on account of cancellation of trains”.
The minister’s reply got here when the Congress MP requested, “Whether it’s a indisputable fact that an in depth lack of the railway property has taken place on account of the agitations in opposition to the implementation of the Agnipath scheme”.
The minister additionally stated that police and public order are state topics beneath the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India.
Therefore, Vaishnav stated, state governments are accountable for the prevention, detection, registration and investigation of crime and upkeep of regulation and order on Railways via their regulation enforcement companies viz. Government Railway Police (GRP) and District Police. Railway Protection Force (RPF) dietary supplements the efforts of GRP/District Police to offer higher safety and safety to railway property, passenger space and passengers and for issues linked therewith.
“Cases of injury, destruction of presidency property together with railway property are registered and investigated by the involved GRP and State Police beneath IPC and Railways Act.”
Trains went up in flames, and private and non-private autos have been attacked, whereas railway stations and highways was battlegrounds in lots of states amid burgeoning protests in opposition to Agnipath, the defence recruitment scheme.
Unveiling the ‘Agnipath’ scheme, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh final month stated that it was a transformative initiative that would supply a youthful profile to the armed forces.
‘Agnipath’ is a pan India merit-based recruitment scheme for enrolling troopers, airmen and sailors. The scheme offers a chance for youth to serve within the common cadre of the armed forces. All these recruited beneath the ‘Agnipath’ scheme will likely be known as ‘Agniveers’.
‘Agniveers’ will likely be enrolled for a service length of 4 years together with a coaching interval. After 4 years, solely 25 per cent of the Agniveers will likely be retained or re-enlisted within the common cadre primarily based on advantage, willingness and medical health.
They will then serve for a full time period of one other 15 years.
The first 4 years, served beneath a contract, will not be more likely to be considered for the fixation of the ultimate pensionary advantages.
The different 75 per cent ‘Agniveers’ will likely be demobilized, with an exit or “Seva Nidhi” bundle of Rs 11-12 lakh, partly funded by their month-to-month contributions, in addition to talent certificates and financial institution loans for assist in their second careers.
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