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KTR reacts to BJP leaders’ ‘job offers’ for Agniveers

Hyderabad: Telangana IT Minister KT Rama Rao has strongly criticized the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party for its new army recruitment scheme, Agnipath, which has caused a stir across the country.

A day after Union Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy spoke of the ‘skills’ an Agniveer will get after being trained under the Agnipath scheme, another Bharatiya Janata party leader from Indore has stated that he would prefer an Agniveer to be his security guard.

KT Rama Rao, on his official Twitter account, lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying, “And you blame young people for not understanding you, Modi ji?”

On Sunday, BJP National General Secretary of Indore and former mayor Kailash Vijayvargiya held a press conference and said he would still prefer to have an Agniveer as his security guard as people have confidence in army men.

“The people associated with the toolbox are trying to insult the workers by misrepresenting my statement. It would be an insult to the workers of the country. The nation is well aware of the conspiracies of this toolbox gang against national-religionist heroes,” he added.

His remark was picked up and broadcast all over the internet as well as several TV news channels, following which the top BJP leader was forced to clarify his earlier comment by tweeting on his official Twitter page. He said his statement was clearly “twisted” by the media.

“Agniveer will certainly be trained and committed to his duty, his excellence will be utilized in whatever field he goes to after completing his service in the military. That’s clearly what I meant,” he said. tweeted.

Earlier in the day, Union Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy said: “Agniveers will be trained in skills such as drivers, electricians, washers and barbers. These skills will be useful in different profiles.

Even though the central government has announced benefits such as a 10% reserve will be allocated to the outgoing Agniveer in Indian Coast Guard and Defense civilian posts, and all 16 defense public sector companies , Defense Ministry officials said the protests have not slowed down.

Agnipath’s move coincided with the Prime Minister’s announcement to recruit 10 lakh people over the next 18 months.