Agniveer scheme, attacks in J-K to feature in Parliament session

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“Demolition of homes due to protests” in some parts of the country, reservation of jobs for ‘Agniveers’ in paramilitary forces, riots, and police firings are a host of subjects expected to be raised by MPs in the monsoon session of Parliament beginning Monday, reported Press Trust of India (PTI).

According to the tentative list of questions related to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, issues like attacks on Kashmiri Pandits and migrant workers in the Kashmir Valley, the safety of RTI activists, the status of Census 2021 and details of cases registered under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act would be raised by the parliamentarians.

The “demolition of homes due to protests” is listed as a starred question in the Rajya Sabha.

In a starred question, the MPs are allowed to ask supplementary questions during the ‘Question Hour’, while unstarred questions are those whose replies come from the government as written answers.

There were several incidents, including in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, where homes of those allegedly involved in violent protests were demolished by authorities over claims that these were built illegally and there were irregularities in land documents.

Though “Reservation for Agniveers in paramilitary forces” has been marked as an unstarred question, the issue is likely to be raised by the opposition strongly orally too, as per the report.

The Centre on 14 June unveiled the ambitious ‘Agnipath’ scheme for the recruitment of youths aged between 17 and a half and 21 in the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force, largely on a four-year short-term contractual basis.

Those recruited under the scheme will be known as ‘Agniveers’. After the completion of the four-year tenure, 25percentt of the recruits from each batch will be offered regular service.

As per the report by PTI, there have been protests and violence by job aspiring youths against the scheme. The Union Home Ministry had announced that 10 percent of vacancies for recruitment in the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) or the paramilitary forces will be reserved for the ‘Agniveers’.

Issues like compensation provided to the families of the paramilitary personnel, attacks carried out by the Naxals, riots, curfews and police firings, smuggling of drugs and narcotics from across the border, and incidents of terror attacks are expected to be raised during the monsoon session.

Wait for appointment in paramilitary forces, incidents of terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, loss of lives and properties due to heavy rains, unemployment crisis in the Union Territory of Ladakh, and the land acquired in Jammu and Kashmir are some other issues listed as tentative questions for the Parliament session.

The spread of religious radicalization, the mental health of CAPFs personnel, losses due to heavy rains, floods, and cyclones, center-state relations, NRC, the employment rate in Jammu and Kashmir, and crime against the SCs and STs are other key subjects that are expected to be raised in both houses of Parliament. (PTI)

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