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INDIA bloc government to scrap Agnipath scheme, send Rs 8,500 to women’s accounts each month: Rahul Gandhi

The Congress leader asserted that Narendra Modi will not be able to become the prime minister again, since there is a clear wave in favour of the INDIA bloc across the country

PTI Bakhtiyarpur Published 27.05.24, 02:44 PM
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during a public meeting in favour of INDIA alliance (Congress) candidate Anshul Avijit for Lok Sabha polls, at Khusrupur in Patna

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during a public meeting in favour of INDIA alliance (Congress) candidate Anshul Avijit for Lok Sabha polls, at Khusrupur in Patna PTI

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday claimed that the INDIA bloc, if voted to power, would scrap the Agnipath scheme of recruitment in defence services and deposit Rs 8,500 to every woman’s account in each month.

Addressing an election rally at Bakhtiyarpur in Bihar, he asserted that Narendra Modi will not be able to become the prime minister again, since there is a clear wave in favour of the INDIA bloc across the country.

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“When the INDIA block will form the government, the Agnipath scheme will be withdrawn,” Gandhi said.

The scheme, announced by the Narendra Modi government in 2022, envisages recruiting young soldiers on a contractual basis for four years and retire 75 per cent of them without certain benefits enjoyed by those who were not employed under this programme.

After the formation of the INDIA block government at the Centre, Gandhi said, “From July, Rs 8,500 will be deposited in women's accounts every month. This will change the financial condition of every family.

Taking a jibe at the prime minister’s ‘sent by God’ comment, the Congress leader remarked in jest, “After June 4, if ED asks Modi about corruption, he will say ‘I don't know anything...I was sent by God’."

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